Great Britain Decimiates European Record In Mixed Medley Relay


The British team of Georgia DaviesAdam PeatyJames Guy and Freya Anderson broke their own European Record in the mixed 400 medley relay to win gold at the European Championships.

The race was expected to come down to Great Britain and the Russians, and that’s the way it shaped up heading into the freestyle leg. Davies swam the fastest 100 back of her career in 59.12, and Peaty (57.27) and Guy (50.96) both had the fastest splits in the field on their legs (Davies was also the fastest female backstroker by a full second) to give Anderson a seven-second advantage over Russia heading into the freestyle.

Russia had Vlad Morozov on their anchor, but it ultimately didn’t matter as Anderson split 52.83, her fastest ever, to touch in a time of 3:40.18 and win the gold decisively. The Brits shattered their European Record set at last summer’s Worlds (3:41.56) and also were well under their Championship Record set four years ago in Berlin (3:44.02).

If we look at a split comparison between the new record and their swim last summer, Davies and Anderson were where the differences came. Both Peaty and Guy were slightly slower, but Davies was almost a full second better than she was and Anderson out-split Siobhan-Marie O’Connor by over a second on the freestyle. Anderson’s leg did stand up as the fastest in the field (among the six teams who swam a woman on freestyle), with Ranomi Kromowidjojo the only other swimmer sub-53 (52.98).

Great Britain, 2017 Worlds Great Britain, 2018 Euros
Georgia Davies – 59.98 Georgia Davies – 59.12
Adam Peaty – 57.12 Adam Peaty – 57.27
James Guy – 50.51 James Guy – 50.96
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor – 53.95 Freya Anderson – 52.83
3:41.56 3:40.18

Great Britain’s time also stands up as the 2nd fastest in history, with only the U.S. world record of 3:38.56 being faster. They overtook Australia, Canada and China’s swims from Budapest, along with the U.S. prelim relay that was previously the 2nd fastest ever at 3:40.28.

Morozov and the Russians won silver in 3:42.71, with Kliment Kolesnikov notably leading them off faster than he swam individually in 52.51 (though that won’t officially count as a Junior World Record). Italy won bronze in 3:44.85, with Alessandro Miressi (47.60) splitting quicker than Morozov (47.83) on the anchor.

In This Story

Leave a Reply

3 Comment threads
2 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
5 Comment authors
newest oldest most voted

57.27 with a rolling start? The lad needs to pull his socks up.

A fan

I’m not sure if Russia is following the best strategy with Efimova (woman) on breast.


Still would have been 2nd.
Kolesnikov 52.51
Chupkov/Prigoda(after 200 breast)/ Khomenko roughly 59.0
Chimorova 57.30
Kameneva seeded with 54.35, I will give her 53.5 at the very best

3.42.3, so roughly the same, but still wouldn’t have beaten GBR.


This mixed medley seems to be shaping up as the potentially most fascinating race come Tokyo 2020.

Love to Swim

I beg to differ. USA will run away with the win, just like last year.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

Read More »

Want to take your swimfandom to the next level?

Subscribe to SwimSwam Magazine!