Germany Takes Down Russia to Win Inaugural Mixed 4×200 Free Relay

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The mixed 4×200 free relay made its debut at the European Championships, and Germany out-dueled Russia to take the gold medal. The team of Jacob Heidtmann (1:46.52), Henning Muehlleitner (1:47.32), Reva Foos (1:58.25) and Annika Bruhn (1:56.34) combined for a time of 7:28.43. Bruhn swam away from Russian anchor Viktoriia Andreeva after leading by just two-hundredths with 50 meters to go.

Russia’s Mikhail VekovishchevMikhail DovgalyukValeriia Salamatina and Andreeva took silver in 7:29.37, and Great Britain’s Stephen MilneCraig McLeanKathryn Greenslade and Freya Anderson won bronze in 7:29.72. Anderson anchored in 1:55.80 to secure the medal for her country.

Hungary took fourth in 7:31.19, ahead of Italy in 7:32.73. Federica Pellegrini split 1:56.76 on the third leg for Italy. Also in the final were the Netherlands (7:32.39), Israel (7:40.07) and Slovakia (8:03.50).

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Author: David Rieder

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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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