At an Olympic Games where Australia’s men weren’t quite at their best, failing to win a gold medal, our Aussie women came to the fore with Leisel Jones OAM, Libby Trickett OAM and Stephanie Rice OAM winning individual gold and our Women’s 4x200m Freestyle team smashing a WR on their way to an Olympic title. However, it was perhaps the Women’s 4x100m Medley team’s win that was the crowning glory for the Aussies as they defeated a powerful Team USA group in WR time.
Dominating the race from the start, the Aussie women solidified their position with a strong opening backstroke leg from Emily Seebohm, handing over to Leisel Jones in second position. Jones soon took the lead with a WR split breaststroke leg, before Jess Schipper nailed the butterfly, giving Libby Trickett the platform to not just close out the race, but put the cherry on top of a blazing fast time of 3:52:69 which shaved three seconds off their own WR time set at the FINA World Championships in Melbourne the year before.
It truly was a remarkable performance.
Emily Seebohm, Leisel Jones, Jessicah Schipper, Lisbeth (Libby) Tricket