European Championships: Sweden Claims Gold in 400 Medley Relay as Sjostrom, Hansson Throw Down Stellar Splits

SWE - Sweden, HANSSON Louise SWE, HANSSON Sophie SWE, SJOSTROM Sarah SWE, celebrating ER Gold Medal 4x100m Medley Relay Women Final Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates 21/12/2021 Etihad Arena-european-championships- FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) Photo Andrea Staccioli / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto
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European Championships: Sweden Claims Gold in 400 Medley Relay as Sjostrom, Hansson Throw Down Stellar Splits

To cap women’s action from the European Championships in Rome, a dominating performance from Sweden earned the country a gold medal in the 400-meter medley relay. The Swedish quartet touched the wall in 3:55.25, nearly a second ahead of the rest of the field.

Hanna Rosvall led off with a 1:00.66 split before turning the race over to the Hansson sisters. Sophie Hansson dove in for the breaststroke leg and put together a strong split of 1:06.26. That left it to Louise Hansson in the butterfly leg and she dominated with a stellar split of 56.29 to keep Sweden in the lead.

That left it up to anchor Sarah Sjostrom, who threw down a 52.04 anchor leg, by far the fastest in the field, to close out the gold-medal victory for Sweden.

France took the silver and set a national record with a swim of 3:56.36. Pauline Mahieu led off with a 1:00.17, followed by Charlotte Bonnet (1:06.49), Marie Wattel (56.09) and Beryl Gastaldello (53.61).

The Netherlands claimed the bronze medal in 3:57.01. Kira Toussaint led off with a 1:00.29, followed by Tes Schouten (1:06.75), Maaike De Waard (57.74) and Marrit Steenbergen (52.23).

Italy finished just off the podium as Margherita Panziera, Benedetta Pilato, Ilaria Bianchi and Silvia di Pietro finished in 3:57.23.

Great Britain finished fifth as Medi Harris, Kara Hanlon, Keanna MacInnes and Freya Anderson touched the wall in 4:00.04.

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