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.
Bronte Campbell: 53.15
Melanie Schlanger: 52.76
Emma McKeon: 52.91
Cate Campbell: 52.16
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