Saturday, July 31, 2021

Tokyo Olympics: China wins women's 4x200m freestyle relay setting world record

Tokyo Olympics 2020: China win women's 4x200m freestyle relay in world record time

TOKYO: China's ladies dazed the field to crush the world record and win the Olympic 4x200m hand-off title in a significant surprise Thursday. 

The group of Yang Junxuan, Zhang Yufei, Li Bingjie and Tang Muhan contacted in 7mins 40.33 seconds in front of the United States (7:40.73) and Australia (7:41.29). 

It is the first run through neither Australia nor the USA have won gold since the occasion was presented in 1996. 

Each of the three groups were under the past world record of 7:41.50 set by Australia at the 2019 big showdowns. 

Be that as it may, China took the title in the wake of holding off a late charge by America's Katie Ledecky, who undermined an unbelievable rebound during the last leg. 

"These young ladies swam their lights out and I got in a position where I figured I could take on those women close to us," Ledecky said. "I wish I had another half-second in me however I gave it my everything." 

Australia had been the staggering top picks coming in, with their ladies' group previously winning gold in the 4x100m hand-off on Sunday, when they broke their own reality record. 

With Australian star Ariarne Titmus driving the group off on the rear of wins in the 200m and 400m free-form occasions this week, the assumption was they would voyage to another triumph. 

"It was a super quick race," Titmus said. "We were under our past world record, so it was as yet a decent swim from us. 

"I feel like I should've been exceptional yet it's what you can do on the day and it's been a two or three days, so I'm glad to leave away on the platform." 

Titmus followed Yang toward the finish of the main leg and that set the vibe, as Australia's Emma McKeon, a bronze medallist in the 100m butterfly, was behind after the second as well. 

China's Zhang, who had prior won gold in the 200m butterfly, yielded some ground to America's Katie McLaughlin and Australian Madison Wilson in the third, before Ledecky took her action. 

The six-time Olympic gold medallist pushed past Australian anchor Leah Neale and seemed as though she could even grab triumph with one length left to go. 

In any case, Li dove in, holding off Ledecky to win by not exactly a large portion of a-second and secure China their second swimming gold of the Games. 

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