Australia Sweeps Women’s Relays At Pan Pacs With 4×100 Medley Gold

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Australia has swept the women’s relays at the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Tokyo with their final gold in the 4×100 medley relay. The team of Emily Seebohm (59.28), Jessica Hansen (1:05.82), Emma McKeon (56.45) and Cate Campbell (51.19) won their third relay gold with a 3:52.74 to smash the meet record of 3:55.23 from the 2010 Championships in Irvine. That record was held by the Americans.

The Americans finished second in a valiant effort at 3:53.21. Kathleen Baker (59.41), Lilly King (1:04.86), Kelsi Dahlia (56.72) and Simone Manuel (52.22) closed their Pan Pacs with a silver medal in the medley relay, their third silver in the women’s relays, despite breaking the world record last year.

Both Australia and Team USA finished ahead of Russia’s winning time from the European Championships.

The Japanese broke their national record with a 3:55.03 for the bronze medal. Natsumi Sakai (59.20), Reona Aoki (1:06.84), Rikako Ikee (55.48) and Tomomi Aoki (53.51) broke the 2012 national record of 3:55.73 from the London Olympics six years ago.

Japan held off a strong push from Canada as Taylor Ruck was charging home in 51.72. Canada finished in fourth at 3:55.14 while the Philippines was fifth at 4:22.18.

2018 World Rankings:

  1. Australia, 3:52.74
  2. United States, 3:53.21
  3. Russia, 3:54.22
  4. Japan, 3:55.03
  5. Canada, 3:55.10
  6. Denmark, 3:56.69
  7. Great Britain, 3:56.91
  8. Italy, 3:57.00
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