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).