Freya Anderson Anchors British Women to Gold in 4×200 Free Relay

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

One day after she anchored the British mixed 4×100 medley relay to victory, teenager Freya Anderson was again pressed into a key spot on relay duty, and she delivered. Anderson, 17, delivered a split of 1:56.00, the fastest in the race, to come from behind, pass France and hold off a strong charge from Germany to take gold.

The British team of Eleanor Faulkner (1:59.25), Kathryn Greenslade (1:57.94), Holly Hibbott (1:58.45)and Anderson combined to swim a time of 7:51.65.

Russia’s Valeriia SalamantinaAnna EgorovaArina Openysheva and Anastasia Guzhenkova finished second in 7:52.87. Bronze went to the German team of Reva FoosIsabel Marie GoseSarah Koelher and Anika Bruhn in 7:53.76.

France, with 200 free European champion Charlotte Bonnet swimming the second leg, ended up fading to fourth in 7:53.86. Bonnet swam under 1:56 in the individual 200 free final, but she only managed a 1:56.23 split on the relay.

Also competing in the final were Spain (8:02.04), the Netherlands (8:02.94), Denmark (8:04.43) and Poland (8:04.51).


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Author: David Rieder

David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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