RACE VIDEO: Watch Australian Women Smoke 400 Free Relay World Record

GLASGOW, Scotland, July 25. The Australia squad of Bronte Campbell, Melanie Schlanger, Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell blasted the world record with a 3:30.98 in the final of the women’s 400-meter free relay at the Commonwealth Games. That beat the 3:31.72 set by The Netherlands at the 2009 World Championships in Rome under Australia’s current head coach Jacco Verhaeren. Notably, the time tonight also crushed the textile best of 3:32.31 set by Team USA at the 2013 World Championships last summer.

Comparative splits:
Australia:
Bronte Campbell: 53.15
Melanie Schlanger: 52.76
Emma McKeon: 52.91
Cate Campbell: 52.16

The Netherlands:
Inge Dekker: 53.61
Ranomi Kromowidjojo: 52.30
Femke Heemskerk: 53.03
Marleen Veldhuis: 52.78

When the Aussies were able to put together a 3:34.57 this morning with three B teamers (Alicia Coutts, Brittany Elmslie, Madeline Groves) on the relay, calls of a world record began to ring out throughout the day. The Aussies shoved all that talk aside and focused on a historic swim. As seen above, not only did the squad smash the textile best, it also threw the techsuit-fueled global record for a loop with some seriously fast splits.

Aside from Bronte Campbell’s leadoff, which put the Aussies ahead by half-a-second, the rest of the squad each cleared 53 seconds before Cate Campbell showed by she’s one of the most dangerous sprinters in the world with a 52.16. There’s a chance we could see a 51-second anchor at Pan Pacs. That’s just scary to think about.

Meanwhile, England (3:35.72) and Canada (3:40.00) took second and third in the finale. New Zealand (3:43.83), Scotland (3:44.56), Wales (3:45.40), Singapore (3:49.69) and Ireland (3:52.88) also swam in the historic finale.

When available, full results will be here: http://results.glasgow2014.com/dailyschedule.html?day=20140724&sport=SW

 

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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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