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Swimming at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Swimming at the 1996 Summer Games: Next Summer Games

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 25, 1996
Date Finished: July 25, 1996

Gold: USA United States
Silver: GER Germany
Bronze: AUS Australia

Summary

The inaugural Olympic women's 4 x 200 metres freestyle relay competed the USA's clean sweep of women's relay titles at the Atlanta Olympics. With the world champions, China, performing well below expectations the only challenge for the Olympic title came from Germany. Franziska van Almsick threw down the gauntlet to the Americans by swimming a time superior to the gold medal swim in the individual 200 metres but her German teammates could not perform to the same standard and gradually the US lead lengthened as the race went on. The American team included Jenny Thompson, who collected her fifth Olympic relay gold, and Sheila Taormina, who swam the anchor leg. Taormina returned to the Olympic Games in 2000 and 2004 as a competitor in triathlon and amazingly made a fourth Olympics in 2008, only this time as a modern pentathlete.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold
2 Germany GER Silver
3 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Japan JPN
5 Canada CAN
6 Netherlands NED
7 Romania ROU
8 China CHN
9 Sweden SWE
10 Great Britain GBR
11 New Zealand NZL
12 Russia RUS
13 Denmark DEN
14 France FRA
15 Czech Republic CZE
16 Switzerland SUI
17 Belarus BLR
18 South Korea KOR
19 Chinese Taipei TPE
20 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
21 Argentina ARG