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 4×100 Freestyle Relay
The women’s 4×100 free relay final was one for the history books, with the Australian quartet taking .36 off the World Record with their winning time of 3:29.69. While none of their swimmers was slower than 53.10, it was Emma McKeon’s 51.35 split on the third leg that really put considerable distance between Australia and the rest of the field. McKeon’s was the 5th-fastest relay split of all time, interrupting teammate Cate Campbell’s streak of the six fastest splits ever.
|1||50.93||Cate Campbell||AUS||2018 Pan Pacific Champs||8/8/2018||Tokyo|
|2||51.00||Cate Campbell||AUS||2018 Commonwealth Games||4/4/2018||Gold Coast|
|3||51.10||Cate Campbell||AUS||2019 World Champs||7/23/2019||Gwangju|
|4||51.19||Cate Campbell||AUS||2018 Pan Pacific Champs||8/8/2018||Tokyo|
|5||51.35||Emma McKeon||AUS||2020 Olympic Games||7/24/2021||Tokyo|
|6||51.36||Cate Campbell||AUS||2018 Pan Pacific Champs||8/8/2018||Tokyo|
Sweden got off to an early lead out of lane 6 thanks to Sarah Sjostrom leadoff which broke the Olympic Record with 52.62. Bronte Campbell of Australia was next in 53.01, followed by Denmark’s Pernille Blume (53.07). Great Britain and Canada both produced sub-54 leadoffs, as well, from Anna Hopkin (53.16) and Kayla Sanchez (53.42).
|Great Britain||Anna Hopkin||53.16|
USA’s Abbey Weitzeil was the fastest in the number 2 position with 52.68. She split 52.56 in Rio, also on the second leg. Ranomi Kromowidjojo (52.87) of Netherlands and Australia’s Meg Harris (53.09) were the next-fastest #2s.
McKeon led the 3rd leg by 1.8 seconds. The next-fastest was Natalie Hinds of USA, whose 53.15 brought the Americans from fourth into second place. Sweden’s Louise Hansson (53.51) and Canada’s Rebecca Smith (53.63) were the only other sub-54s on the 3rd leg.
Femke Heemskerk clocked a 52.05 on the end of Netherland’s relay for the fastest anchor. Cate Campbell’s 52.24 was next, bringing Australia in for the record. Campbell’s fastest split, however, is 50.93 from 2018 Pan Pacific Championships. She has been under 52 seconds 11 times. Penny Oleksiak notched a 52.26 to outsplit USA’s Simone Manuel by .70 and secure the silver medal for Canada.
Manuel’s 52.96 was the second-fastest split for the American squad. It was a vindication for the 2016 Olympic champion, whose semi-final performance at U.S. Olympic Trials put her one place short of making that final. Olivia Smoliga, Catie Deloof, and Allison Schmitt, who finished third, fifth, and sixth in that race with times that ranged from 53-mid to 54-low, raced on the USA relay in prelims but none broke 53.4.
|Great Britain||4||Freya Anderson||52.84|
|Great Britain||2||Abbie Wood||53.23|
|Denmark||3||Julie Kepp Jensen||54.46|
|Great Britain||3||Lucy Hope||54.73|