Italy knocks off Japan, USA for women’s 4×100 medley relay gold (Race video)


Excerpt taken from Day Seven Finals Recap:


In what may be the biggest upset this week, Italy spoiled the USA’s attempt to sweep the relays at this meet.  Italy pulled ahead on the first 50 of the fly leg, en route to Elena Di Liddo splitting a 57.09, and Laura Letari held off Yui Yamane of Japan and individual 100 free gold medalist Shannon Vreeland of the USA to win the gold.  Italy touched in 4:00.50, Japan in 4:00.60, and the United States in 4:00.75.

It had been Canada in the lead after the backstroke leg, as 100 back gold medalist KylieMasse touched first in 1:00.36.  Japan took the lead after the breaststroke leg, thanks toMina Matsushima‘s 1:06.38, before Di Liddo put Italy in the lead to stay.  Di Liddo’s fly leg and Vreeland’s 54.05 were the fastest split in each stroke.

Russia placed fourth in 4:03.07, Australia fifth in 4:04.82, Germany sixth in 4:07.41, Canada seventh in 4:08.83, and New Zealand eighth in 4:09.18.



Race video comes to us courtesy of Universiade 2015 on YouTube. You can find this video and more videos from swimming and other sports at the 2015 World University Games by following this link to the Universiade 2015 YouTube page.

Our full World University Games coverage is here, and the day 7 finals recap is here.

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I hate to be that guy, but seems to me that Italy knocked off Japan. Japan knocked off the US.

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