Analysis of the women’s 4×200 freestyle relay



Just like last year, the women’s 4×200 freestyle relay was an incredible race between the United States, Australia, China and Canada to see who would claim the top three podium spots. In the end, it was the United States who won with a new championship record of 7:41.45, but there was so much more to this relay than the final results.

In this article, we look at the split times recorded by women swimming on this relay.


The first 200 meters of this race was dominated by a 15-year-old Summer McIntosh, which gave the Canadians a nearly two-second lead in setting a world junior record of 1:54.79. Swimming was McIntosh’s second junior world record of the evening, as she had just broken the junior world record in the 200m butterfly en route to winning gold.

Another impressive advance came from Claire Weinstein, who is also 15 years old. She swam a personal best 1:56.71 to put the Americans in second place, taking 0.19 seconds off her previous fastest time of 1:56.90.

Country Swimmer Time
Canada Summer McIntosh 1:54.79
United States Claire Weinstein 1:56.71
Australia Madi Wilson 1:56.74
Hungary Nicolette Padar 1:58.01
China Tang Muhan 1:58.10
New Zealand Erika Good weather 1:58.24
Brazil Stephanie Balduccini 1:59.00
Japan Momoka Yoshi 2:01.67

Large rolling gaps

The fastest split time from a rolling start in this peloton was swum by Katie Ledecky, who posted his best time on a relay today. Additionally, his time of 1:53.67 is ranked as the third fastest 200m freestyle relay split ever. After Ledecky was bella sims, who dropped anchor in 1:54.60 to lead the Americans to victory. This tike was huge for Sims, considering she entered this meet with a best time of 1:57.53 and didn’t even qualify to swim the 200 freestyle individually.

You can read more about the Ledecky and Sims splits here.

A split that went largely unnoticed was Yang Junxuan1:54.17 anchor leg. Although she wasn’t fast enough to put the Chinese on the podium, she turned her country’s 2.64-second deficit behind Canada in just 0.96 seconds after her race. australia Lea Neale also stepped up with a split time of 1:55.27, which was the fastest for his team.

swimmers such as Penny Oleksiak and Mollie O’Callaghan were a little short of their best, as Oleksiak shared 1:55.83 from his flat start time of 1:54.70, and O’Callaghan shared 1:55.94 from his PB of 1:54.94.

Country Swimmer Time
United States Katie Ledecky 1:53.67
China Yang Junxuan 1:54.17
United States bella sims 1:54.60
Australia Lea Neale 1:55.27
Canada Penny Oleksiak 1:55.83
Australia Kiah Melvrton 1:55.91
Australia Mollie O’Callaghan 1:55.94
United States Leah Smith 1:56.47
China Li Bingjie 1:56.67
Canada Taylor Ruck 1:56.75
China Ai Yanhan 1:56.77
Canada Kayla Sanchez 1:57.39
Japan Miyu Namba 1:58.52
New Zealand Eve Thomas 1:59.17
Brazil Giovanna Tomanik Diamante 1:59.37
Brazil Maria Paula Mangabeira Heitmann 1:59.58
Hungary Ajna Kesley 1:59.69
Japan Aoi Masuda 1:59.70
Hungary Dora Molnar 1:59.76
New Zealand Laura LittleJohn 2:00.10
Japan Waka Kobori 2:00.14
Brazil Aline da Silva Rodrigues 2:00.43
Hungary Boglarka Kapas 2:00.44
New Zealand Caitlin Deans 2:01.57

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