Sabtu, 15 Desember 2012

Denmark earns unprecedented gold in the women’s 4x100m medley


RENANG INDONESIA, Proving its excellent shape at these championships, the women’s 4x100m medley relay consecrated the team of Denmark, winner of the gold in 3:49.87 – never before the Nordic country had medalled in this event! It was however a clean sweep for the European swimmers, who totally dominated the race, being always first after each leg – the quartet was composed by Mie Nielsen, Rikke Pedersen, Jeanette Ottesen and Pernille Blume. The fight for silver was more interesting, with United States and Australia swimming fast: the initial advantage went to USA, but a less successful butterfly leg from Claire Donahue (57.67) and an excellent response from Australia’s Marieke Guehrer (56.36) dictated the switch of positions in the end of the race, with the North Americans finishing third (3:51.43), behind an inspired Australian team (silver in 3:50.88).

World Record: United States, 3:45.56 – December 16, 2011 in Atlanta (USA)
Championships Record: China, 3:48.29 – December 17, 2010 in Dubai (UAE)
Last five (2002-2010) winners in this event: 2002 – Sweden (3:55.78); 2004 – Australia (3:54.95); 2006 – Australia (3:51.84); 2008 – United States (3:51.36); 2010 – China (3:48.29)
The best in this event (1. most victories or 2. fastest time): China (1993, 1997 & 2010) and Australia (1995, 2004 & 2006)

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