World record progression 4 × 200 metres freestyle relay

World record progression 4 × 200 metres freestyle relay

This is a history of the progression of the World Record for the Swimming event of the 4x200 Freestyle Relay. It is a listing of the fastest-time-ever swum in the event, in both long course (50m) and short course (25m) swimming pool. These records are maintained/recognized by FINA, which oversees international competitive swimming and Aquatics.

The long course records are historically older than the short course records; the latter having only been recognized since the early 1990s.

In this relay, each team is made up of 4 swimmers, each of whom swims a 200 freestyle.

Contents

  • Men 1
    • Long course 1.1
    • Short course 1.2
  • Women 2
    • Long course 2.1
    • Short course 2.2
  • References 3

Men

Long course

# Time Name Nationality Date Meet Location Ref
1 10:55.6  Great Britain 24 Jul 1908 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom
2 10:26.4  United States 12 Jul 1912 Olympic Games Stockholm, Sweden
3 10:14.0  Australasia 12 Jul 1912 Olympic Games Stockholm, Sweden
4 10:11.6  Australasia 15 Jul 1912 Olympic Games Stockholm, Sweden
5 10:04.4  United States 29 Aug 1920 Olympic Games Antwerp, Belgium
6 9:53.4  United States 20 Jul 1924 Olympic Games Paris, France
7 9:49.6  Germany 1927 European Championships Bologna, Italy
8 9:38.8  United States 11 Aug 1928 Olympic Games Amsterdam, Netherlands
9 9:36.2  United States 11 Aug 1928 Olympic Games Amsterdam, Netherlands
10 9:34.0  Hungary 1931 European Championships Paris, France
11 8:58.4
 Japan 9 Aug 1932 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States
12 8:52.2  Japan 19 Aug 1935 - Tokyo, Japan
13 8:51.5  Japan 11 Aug 1936 Olympic Games Berlin, Germany
14 8:46.0  United States 3 Aug 1948 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom
15 8:45.4  Japan 18 Aug 1949 - Los Angeles, United States
16 8:43.2  United States 24 Feb 1950 - New Haven, United States
17 8:40.6  Japan 2 Apr 1950 - Marília, Brazil
18 8:33.0  France 2 Aug 1951 - Marseille, France
19 8:29.4  United States 16 Feb 1952 - New Haven, United States
20 8:24.5  Soviet Union 4 Nov 1956 - Moscow, Soviet Union
21 8:23.6  Australia 3 Dec 1956 Olympic Games Melbourne, Australia
22 8:21.6  Japan 22 Jul 1959 - Tokyo, Japan
23 8:18.7  Japan 26 Jul 1959 - Osaka, Japan
24 8:17.0  United States 23 Jul 1960 - Toledo, Ohio, United States
25 8:16.6  Australia 6 Aug 1960 - Townsville, Australia
26 8:10.2  United States 1 Sep 1960 Olympic Games Rome, Italy
27 8:09.8  Japan 21 Apr 1963 - Tokyo, Japan
28 8:07.6  United States 10 Aug 1963 - Chicago, United States
29 8:03.7  United States 19 Aug 1963 - Tokyo, Japan
30 8:01.8  United States 28 Sep 1964 - Los Angeles, United States
31 7:52.1  United States 18 Oct 1964 - Tokyo, Japan
32 7:50.8  Australia 24 Jul 1970 British Commonwealth Games Edinburgh, United Kingdom
33 7:48.0  United States 28 Aug 1970 - Tokyo, Japan
34 7:45.8  United States 9 Aug 1971 Pan American Games Cali, Colombia
35 7:43.3  United States 10 Sep 1971 - Minsk, Soviet Union
36 7:35.78  United States 31 Aug 1972 Olympic Games Munich, Germany
37 7:33.22  United States 7 Sep 1973 World Championships Belgrade, Yugoslavia
38 7:30.54  United States 22 Aug 1975 - Kansas City, United States
39 7:30.33 (h)  United States 21 Jul 1976 Olympic Games Montreal, Canada
40 7:23.22  United States 21 Jul 1976 Olympic Games Montreal, Canada
41 7:20.82  United States 24 Aug 1978 World Championships West Berlin, West Germany
42 7:20.40  West Germany 23 Aug 1983 European Championships Rome, Italy
43 7:18.87 (h)
 United States 30 Jul 1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States
44 7:15.69
 United States 30 Jul 1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States
45 7:13.10  West Germany 19 Aug 1987 European Championships Strasbourg, France
46 7:12.51  United States 21 Sep 1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea
47  7:11.95 
 (1:49.55)
Dmitry Lepikov
 (1:46.58)
Vladimir Pyshnenko
 (1:48.99)
Veniamin Tayanovich
 (1:46.83)
Yevgeny Sadovyi
Unified Team 27 Jul 1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain
48 7:11.86  Australia 13 Sep 1998 Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
49 7:08.79  Australia 25 Aug 1999 Pan Pacific Championships Sydney, Australia
50 7:07.05
 Australia 19 Aug 2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia
51 7:04.66
 Australia 27 Jul 2001 World Championships Fukuoka, Japan
52 7:03.24
 United States 30 Mar 2007 World Championships Melbourne, Australia
53 6:58.56
 United States 13 Aug 2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China
54 6:58.55
 United States 31 July 2009 World Championships Rome, Italy [1]

Short course

# Time Name Nationality Date Meet Location Ref
WBT ?
1 7:02.74  Australia 18 Apr 1997 Short Course Worlds Gothenburg, Sweden
2 7:01.60  Australia 1 Sep 1999 - Canberra, Australia
3 7:01.33  United States 17 Mar 2000 Short Course Worlds Athens, Greece
4 6:56.41
 Australia 7 Aug 2001 Australian SC Championships Perth, Western Australia, Australia
5 6:52.66
 Australia 31 Aug 2007 Australian SC Championships Melbourne, Australia
6 6:51.05
 Canada 7 Aug 2009 British Grand Prix Leeds, United Kingdom [2]
7 6:49.04
 Russia 16 Dec 2010 Short Course Worlds Dubai, United Arab Emirates [3]
Legend: # – Record awaiting ratification by FINA; WRWorld record;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial

Women

Long course

# Time Name Nationality Date Meet Location Ref
WBT ?
1 8:02.27  East Germany 22 Aug 1983 European Championships Rome, Italy [4]
2 7:59.33  East Germany 17 Aug 1986 World Championships Madrid, Spain [4]
3 7:55.47  East Germany 18 Aug 1987 European Championships Strasbourg, France [5]
[6]
4 7:53.42  United States 18 Aug 2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece [5]
5 7:50.82  Germany 3 Aug 2006 European Championships Budapest, Hungary [5]
6 7:50.09  United States 29 Mar 2007 World Championships Melbourne, Australia
7 7:44.31  Australia 14 Aug 2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China
8 7:42.08  China 30 Jul 2009 World Championships Rome, Italy [7]
Legend: # – Record awaiting ratification by FINA; WRWorld record;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial

Short course

# Time Name Nationality Date Meet Location Ref
1 7:58.74 ? ? 198_? ? [8]
[9]
2 7:52.45  China December 3, 1993 SC Worlds Palma de Mallorca, Spain [8]
[10]
3 7:51.92
 China April 17, 1997 SC Worlds Gothenburg, Sweden [10]
[11]
[12]
4 7:51.70
 Sweden April 1, 1999 SC Worlds Hong Kong, Hong Kong [12]
[13]
5 7:49.11
 Great Britain March 16, 2000 SC Worlds Athens, Greece [14]
6 7:47.14
 Great Britain August 10, 2001 National 25m Championships Norwich, United Kingdom [15]
[16]
7 7:46.30
 China 3 April 2002 SC Worlds Moscow, Russia [17]
[18]
8 7:38.90
 Netherlands 9 April 2008 SC Worlds Manchester, United Kingdom [19]
9 7:35.94
 China 15 Dec 2010 SC Worlds Dubai, United Arab Emirates [20]
10 7:32.85
 Netherlands 3 Dec 2014 SC Worlds Doha, Qatar [21]
Legend: # – Record awaiting ratification by FINA; WRWorld record;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial

References

  1. ^ "Men's 4x200m Freestyle Relay Results". Omega Timing. 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  2. ^ "British Short Course Grand Prix: Annamay Pierse Lowers 200 Breast World Record; Canada Breaks 800 Free Relay Mark".  
  3. ^ "Men's 4x200m Freestyle Relay Results" ( 
  4. ^ a b (lcm-w) World Record, controversy reign on 1st day of meet, by Jim Grove, Orlando Sentinel. Published 1986-08-18, retrieved 2012-03-15.
  5. ^ a b c (lcm-w) Women's 4x200 Free Relay - Finals results from the 2006 European Championships (showing the 1987 time from East Germany; the 2004 time from the USA as the WR; and that 2006 Germany time bettering the 2004 USA time). Published by Omega Timing on 2006-08-03; retrieved 2012-03-15.
  6. ^ (lcm-w) Women's 4x200 Free Relay results from the 2002 European Championships, showing East Germany's 7:55.47 as the World Record. Published by Omega Timing on 2002-07-30; retrieved 2012-03-15
  7. ^ "Women's 4x200m Freestyle Relay Results". Omega Timing. 2009-07-30. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  8. ^ a b (scm-w) Chinese Swimmers Set 3 Records, wire report published 1993-12-03, retrieved 2012-03-14. (List the USA as swimming the time in 1981.)
  9. ^ (scm-w) list of 25m World Records circa September 1993 (List Germany as swimming the time in 1987.)
  10. ^ a b {scm-w} China News Digest - Monday April 21, 1997. Published 1997-04-21, retrieved 2012-03-14.
  11. ^ (scm-w) Thorpe cashes in, Associated Press report, posted 1999-04-01; retrieved 2012-03-14.
  12. ^ a b (scm-w) 1999 Short Course World Swimming Championships - Day 1, by Nick Thierry, SwimNews; published 1999-04-01; retrieved 2012-03-14.
  13. ^ Women's 4x200 Free Relay start list from the 2000 Short Course Worlds (showing Sweden's 7:51.70 as the World and Championships records); published by Omega Timing (official timer) on 2000-03-16; retrieved 2012-04-14.
  14. ^ (scm-w) Women's 4x200 Free Relay results from the 2000 Short Course Worlds; published by Omega Timing (official timer) on 2000-03-16; retrieved 2012-03-14.
  15. ^ (scm-w) World Record for British Quartet, by Craig Lord. Published 2001-08-10 by Swimming World Magazine; retrieved 2012-03-14.
  16. ^ (scm-w) Women's 4x200 Free Relay start list from the 2002 Short Course Worlds (where it was the record that was broken by China's 7:46.30); published by Omega Timing (official timer) on 2002-04-03, retrieved 2012-03-14.
  17. ^ (scm-w) Womens' 4x200 Free Relay results from the 2002 Short Course Worlds; published by Omega Timing (official timer) on 2002-04-03; retrieved 2012-03-14.
  18. ^ (scm-w) Women's 4x200 Free Relay results from the 2008 Short Course Worlds; published by Omega Timing (official timer) on 2008-04-10; retrieved 2012-03-14
  19. ^ (scm-w) "Dutch women obliterate 800 free relay world record".  
  20. ^ "2010 FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m) - Women's 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay (final)". Omega Timing. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  21. ^ "12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), Event 110, Women's 4x200 Freestyle Final". Omegatiming.com. 2014-12-03. Retrieved 2014-12-05.