Women’s 4×100 Medley Relay Final
The women’s last event of the meet, the 4×100 medley relay, was just as exhilarating as the men’s. Canada, Team USA, and Japan all battled for the gold medal, with the Canadian women eventually coming out on top to secure their sweep of the relay events.
Similar as well to the men’s race, the first three women’s teams to touch the wall touched under the World Junior record of 4:01.05 set by Russia in 2015.
50-backstroke gold medalist Jade Hannah, Knelson, Oleksiak, and Ruck combined for a time of 3:58.38 to destroy the existing record and claim a third relay gold for Canada.
Team USA, made up of Smith, Bartel, Lucie Nordmann, and Ariola as anchor once again, was close behind for the silver medal in 3:59.19. Smith led off the fastest out of any backstroker in a blistering 28.46.
Japan’s familiar names of Natsumi Sakai, Miku Kojima, Ikee, and Ouchi stopped the clock in a time of 3:59.97 for relay bronze.
Fourth place for the women’s relay was claimed by Great Britain in 4:01.30, while Russia slipped in at fifth with their time of 4:05.11. Sixth place went to Australia’s team in 4:09.47.
Italy’s women combined to put together a seventh-place time of 4:11.09, while Turkey grabbed eighth place with their time of 4:12.05.
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