2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES
- When: Pool swimming: Saturday, July 24 – Sunday, August 1, 2021
- Open Water swimming: Wednesday, August 4 – Thursday, August 5, 2021
- Where: Olympic Aquatics Centre / Tokyo, Japan
- Heats: 7 PM / Semifinals & Finals: 10:30 AM (Local time)
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The Canadian women’s 4×200 freestyle contingent swam their way to a new national record during day 5 finals at the Tokyo 2020 Games, hitting a 7:43.77 for 4th overall. The swim was a 0.58-second improvement upon the 7:44.35 mark that the nation produced at the 2019 World Championships.
|Canada – Tokyo 2020||Canada – Gwangju 2019|
|1||Summer McIntosh (1:55.74)||Kayla Sanchez (1:57.32)|
Rebecca Smith (1:57.30)
Taylor Ruck (1:56.41)
Kayla Sanchez (1:55.59)
Emily Overholt (1:56.26)
|4||Penny Oleksiak (1:55.14)||Penny Oleksiak (1:54.36)|
14-year-old Summer McIntosh opened things up with a 1:55.74 Age Group Record swim to give the Canadians 3rd place position behind the Australians and Chinese while staying ahead of the Americans. Following Rebecca Smith‘s 1:57.30 split on the second leg, American Paige Madden managed to pull ahead of Canada, putting the US into a third place position.
By the end of the race, Katie McLaughlin and Katie Ledecky of the USA had managed to assert themselves enough to edge out Australia and touch for 2nd place with a 7:40.73 to China’s 7:40.33. The Australians had fallen to 3rd place but anchor Leah Neale was too far ahead of Canada’s Penny Oleksiak to give Canada a shot at bronze. Oleksiak successfully out-split Neale’s 1:55.85 with her 1:55.14 but Canada wound up 4th in a 7:43.77 while Australia posted a 7:41.29 to round out the podium.
In what was an incredibly fast heat, all 3 of the podium finishers managed to undercut the former world record which stood at a 7:41.50 courtesy of the Australian back in 2019. That meant that China took the world record, while the USA lowered the American record and the Australians hit a new Australian, Oceanian, and Commonwealth mark.
Canada’s time, while not under the previous world record, was still a solid swim for the women and marks the 11th fastest time in the history of the event.
|1||China||2020 Tokyo Olympic Games||7:40.33|
|2||USA||2020 Tokyo Olympic Games||7:40.73|
|3||Australia||2020 Tokyo Olympic Games||7:41.29|
|4||Australia||2019 World Championships||7:41.50|
|5||USA||2019 World Championships||7:41.87|
|6||China||2009 World Championships||7:42.08|
|7||USA||2009 World Championships||7:42.56|
|8||USA||2012 Olympic Games||7:42.92|
|9||USA||2016 Olympic Games||7:43.03|
|10||USA||2017 World Championships||7:43.39|
|11||Canada||2020 Tokyo Olympic Games||7:43.77|
|12||Australia||2018 Pan Pacific Championships||7:44.12|
Canada was left off the podium despite a national record-breaking swim meaning that they had fallen short of their bronze medal performances at both the 2016 Olympic Games and the 2019 World Swimming Championships. Notably, Canada followed up their 2016 Olympic bronze by falling to 8th place at the 2017 World Championships. All 4 of their most recent Olympic or World Championships performances, however, mark improvements upon Canada’s finish at the 2015 World Championships where they took 11th overall in a 7:57.31.
This also marks the 3rd-straight Olympic Games where Canada finish in the top 4 in the women’s 4×200 freestyle as they pulled off a 4th place swim at London 2012 of 7:50.65
Canadian Olympic / World Championships Performances – Women’s 4×200 Freestyle Relay
|Tokyo 2020||Gwangju 2019||Budapest 2017||Rio 2016||Kazan 2015||Barcelona 2013||London 2012|
|Splits||McIntosh (1:55.74)||Sanchez (1:57.32)||Harvey (1:58.57)||Savard (1:57.91)||Savard (1:59.63)||Cheverton (1:59.23)||Jardin (1:57.96)|
|Smith (1:57.30)||Ruck (1:56.41)||Smith (1:58.70)||Ruck (1:56.18)||Ackman (1:59.43)||Jardin (1:58.19)||Cheverton (1:56.91)|
|Sanchez (1:55.59)||Overholt (1:56.26)||Savard (1:58.23)||MacLean (1:56.36)||Overholt (1:58.62)||MacLean (1:58.03)||Reason (1:59.32)|
|Oleksiak (1:55.14)||Oleksiak (1:54.36)||Padington (2:00.07)||Oleksiak (1:54.94)||Goss (1:59.63)||King (2:00.03)||MacLean (1:56.46)|