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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Women’s 4×200 Freestyle Relay
China stunned Australia, the top seed and runaway favorite in the women’s 4×200 free relay, from the opening bell. Yang Junxuan led off with the fastest first leg of 1:54.37, holding off Australia’s Ariarne Titmus (1:54.51), who a day earlier had won the gold medal in the 200 free with 1:53.50, breaking the Olympic Record that had been set by USA’s Allison Schmitt with her gold-medal performance (1:53.61) in 2012.
Titmus’ leadoff was the second-fastest, however, and kept Australia in the game with China. 14-year-old Summer McIntosh from Canada swam a very quick 1:55.74 leadoff, putting her team about .6 in front of the United States. The Americans opened with Schmitt (1:56.34) whose leadoff was about 1.7 seconds faster than the next wave of swimmers.
|Allison Schmitt||United States||1:56.34|
|Anna Egorova||Russian Olympic Committee||1:58.22|
After their 1:54 leadoff, China produced three 1:55s. Tang Muhan (1:55.00) and Zhang Yufei (1:55.66), just an hour after winning the 200 fly gold medal in Olympic Record-breaking fashion, kept China out front through 600 meters. Li Bingjie finished in 1:55.30, the fifth-fastest time of the flying-start legs.
Katie Ledecky of the United States, who did not medal in the 200 free final on Wednesday morning, unleashed a monster 1:53.76 on the end of the American relay to power past Australia and secure the silver medal. Paige Madden (1:55.25) and Katie McLaughlin (1:55.38) also cranked out top-10 splits.
|Katie Ledecky||4||United States||1:53.76|
|Paige Madden||2||United States||1:55.25|
|Katie McLaughlin||3||United States||1:55.38|
|Anastasia Guzhenkova||4||Russian Olympic Committee||1:57.45|
|Veronika Andrusenko||3||Russian Olympic Committee||1:58.17|
|Valeriia Salamatina||2||Russian Olympic Committee||1:58.31|
|Leonie Marlen Kullmann||2||Germany||1:59.19|