The Australians reinforced their claim to become the strongest women’s team in the world with a convincing triumph over their American rivals in the event. The team of Giaan Rooney, Leisel Jones, Petria Thomas and Jodie Henry slashed almost a full second off the world record set by Team USA in 2000, stopping the clock at 3:57.32.
The U.S. team got off to a flying start in the backstroke, however, the Australians reeled them in on the butterfly leg. Thomas swam an OR split of 56.67, to overhaul Jenny Thompson, and eventually move the Aussies in front of the race. Henry maintained Australia’s advantage throughout the final leg, ensuring Australia were crowned Olympic Champions.
Giaan Rooney, Liesel Jones, Jodie Henry and Petria Thomas