2022 World Championships: Women's 4×100 Free Relay Analysis – SwimSwam

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2022 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Women’s 4×100 Freestyle Relay

  • World Record: 3:29.69, Australia – 2021 Olympic Games
  • Championship Record: 3:30.21, Australia – 2019 World Championships
  • 2021 Olympic Champion: Australia, 3:29.69
  • 2019 World Champion: Australia, 3:30.21
  1. Australia, 3:30.95
  2. Canada, 3:32.15
  3. United States, 3:32.58
  4. China, 3:35.25
  5. Great Britain, 3:35.43
  6. Brazil, 3:38.10
  7. Netherlands, 3:38.18
  8. Hungary, 3:38.20

The Aussie ladies proved that they may nonetheless dominate within the absence of Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell, profitable the ladies’s 4×100 free relay by over a second. However, Canada and the United States had lots of their swimmers step up massive time to make this race a lot nearer than we thought it might be.

Leadoff Splits, Ranked:

Country Swimmer Time
Australia Mollie O’Callaghan 52.70
United States Torri Huske 52.96
Netherlands Marrit Steenbergen 53.41
Canada Kayla Sanchez 53.45
Great Britain Anna Hopkin 53.70
Brazil Ana Carolina Viera 54.78
China Zhang Yufei 54.81
Hungary Nikolett Padar 55.16

As the quickest lady on the earth this yr, most anticipated Mollie O’Callaghan to have a body-length lead over the remainder of the sphere on her leadoff. She clocked a time of 52.70 that was the quickest leadoff within the discipline, however was off her greatest time of 52.49. This might presumably be attributed to the truth that she centered on her entrance half this time round relatively than her stronger again half, splitting 25.67/27.03. When she set her PB, she was 25.92/26.57, being almost a half a second quicker on her second 50 than she was in the present day.

Coming simply 0.26 seconds behind O’Callaghan was American Torri Huske, who set a brand new greatest time of 52.96. With that point, she turns into the third-fastest U.S. lady of all time within the 100 free behind Simone Manuel (52.04) and Mallory Comerford (52.59), and the fourth U.S. lady beneath 53 seconds. Huske’s performances barely assuages the fears of many Americans, who apprehensive concerning the U.S. ladies not having any first rate sprinters following the absence of Manuel. If Huske continues to enhance, she might be the way forward for American ladies’s sprinting.

Zhang Yufei led off China’s relay in 54.81, considerably slower than her greatest time of 52.90. After being effectively off her quickest within the 100 fly, we might be seeing a really “off” meet for Zhang and lots of different Chinese swimmers (similar to Li Bingjie, who missed the finals of the 400 free after profitable Olympic bronze final yr). Her underperformance is as soon as once more one other signal that the coaching of Chinese swimmers was closely disrupted by latest COVID-19 restrictions.

Rolling Splits, Ranked:

Country Swimmer Time
Canada Penny Oleksiak 52.51
Australia Madi Wilson 52.60
Australia Shayna Jack 52.65
Great Britain Freya Anderson 52.70
USA Claire Curzan 52.71
China Yang Junxuan 52.79
Canada Taylor Ruck 52.92
Australia Meg Harris 53.00
China Cheng Yujie 53.18
Canada Maggie MacNeil 53.27
USA Erika Brown 53.30
USA Kate Douglass 53.61
Brazil Stephanie Balduccini 53.97
Great Britain Lucy Hope 54.00
Hungary Dora Molnar 54.01
Brazil Giovanna Diamante 54.09
Hungary Fanni Gyruinovics 54.15
China Zhu Menghui 54.47
Netherlands Tessa Giele 54.49
Netherlands Valerie van Roon 54.81
Hungary Petra Senanszky 54.88
Great Britain Abbie Wood 55.03
Brazil Giovana Medeiros 55.26
Netherlands Kim Busch 55.47

The Aussies had two out of the three quickest rolling splits with Madi Wilson and Shayna Jack being proper on their greatest, but it surely was Canada’s Penny Oleksiak who went the quickest time. Her 52.51 anchor leg was quick sufficient to propel her nation into the silver medal place behind the Aussies, and bodes effectively for her particular person 100 free.

Aside from the highest three, there have been many different swimmers who stepped up and went sub-53. One of them was Taylor Ruck, who clocked her quickest cut up in a few years. Her 52.92 was not on the extent of her 51.72 from 2018, but it surely was a lot quicker than the 54.16 she clocked on the Olympics final yr. That being mentioned, Ruck spend the previous season recovering from an eating disorder that negatively affected her performances in recent times. Her enhancements this yr are a step forth in her journey of redemption.

Claire Curzan‘s 52.71 anchor leg puts her in the “future of U.S. women’s sprinting” dialog alongside Huske, whereas Yang Junxuan‘s 52.79 was a minor sign of hope in China’s in any other case underwhelming efficiency at worlds to date. Great Britain’s Freya Anderson anchored in 52.70, the fourth-fastest out of all of the rolling splits, which ought to be price nothing as effectively.


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