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Swimming at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing
Date Started: August 15, 2008
Date Finished: August 17, 2008

Gold: AUS Australia
Silver: USA United States
Bronze: CHN China

Summary

Prior to 2004 only the controversial East German team had broken the American dominance of this event. That all changed in Athens when the Australians broke through to win their first title and by Beijing they had built on this to emerge as world champions, world record holders and clear favourites to retain the Olympic title.

After the USA had make a strong start it was the performance of Australia's individual breaststroke champion Leisel Jones that was to prove the difference between gold and silver. Whilst the silver medal winning Americans recorded better times on three of the four legs this could not make up for the 1.4 seconds that Jones pulled out over Rebecca Soni. In a fitting finale to the women's programme both teams were comfortably under the pre-existing world record. China broke the Asian record in 3rd whilst Great Britain's European record for 4th meant that 4 continental records fell in the final.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Australia AUS Gold WR
2 United States USA Silver
3 China CHN Bronze
4 Great Britain GBR
5 Russia RUS
6 Japan JPN
7 Canada CAN
AC Sweden SWE DQ
9 Germany GER
10 Brazil BRA
11 France FRA
12 South Africa RSA
13 Netherlands NED
14 Italy ITA
15 Spain ESP
16 Ukraine UKR