Swimming at Tokyo Olympics: Australia Breaks Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay World Record and Olympic Record

The Australian Team broke the women's 4x100m freestyle relay world record on the 2nd day of swimming at Tokyo Olympics, taking home their 3rd back to back Olympic gold medal in the event.

Swimming at Tokyo Olympics, 4x100m freestyle relay record Australia
Swimming at Tokyo Olympics, 4x100m freestyle relay record Australia

Swimming at Tokyo Olympics on Day 3 saw 4 finals take place, including the men’s 400m individual medley, the men’s 400m freestyle, women’s 400m individual medley and the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay. Australia started off strong in their swimming campaign, winning 3 medals on their first day.

While Chase Kalisz of USA finished 1st in the men’s 400m individual medley, Tunisia’s Ahmed Hafnaqui managed to win the gold medal in the men’s 400m freestyle. Japan’s second gold medal of the Games came when Yui Ohashi finished first in the women’s 400m individual medley, beating both Americans at her debut Olympics.

It was the Australian women’s team however that stole the show, as they broke the 4x00m freestyle relay world record and Olympic record. The previous world record was also set by the Australian team at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, a time of 3:30:05s. The Olympic Record was set at the 2016 Rio Olympics by them as well, with a time of 3:30:65s.

The Australian Women’s team comprised of Emma McKeon, Bronte Campbell, Cate Campbell and Meg Harris, who finished in a time of 3:29:69sec to break the record by almost 35 milliseconds.

Swimming at Tokyo Olympics: Canada Takes Second; USA manages to finish Third in the 4x100m freestyle relay

Swimming at Tokyo Olympics, 4x100m freestyle relay record Australian team
Swimming at Tokyo Olympics, 4x100m freestyle relay record Australian team

Australia have brought home the gold in this event for 3 straight Olympics in a row now. Meg Harris recorded a time of 53:09s, while Bronte swam in 53:01s. Cate Campbell brought it home with a split time of 52:24s, but it was Emma McKeon who swam the fastest, with a time of 51:35s. The time recorded for McKeon is the 5th fastest in history.

This brings Australia’s current medal tally in swimming to 3, with 1 medal of each colour. The Australian team finished comfortably ahead of the second place finishers, Canada, who finished with a time of 3:32:78s. The Canadian women managed to better their bronze medal from the Rio Olympics, led by Penny Oleksiak. Kayla Sanchez, Taylor Ruck and Rebecca Smith rounded out the crew, giving Canada its first medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

The United States just managed to win third place, with a time of 3:32:81s. Netherlands finished fourth completing the relay in 3:33:70s. The Chinese team also set an Asian Record in the 4x100m freestyle relay, recording a time of 3:34:76s.

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