Allison Schmitt Leads Americans to Top of 800 Freestyle Relay Standings

Allison Schmitt Leads Americans to Top of 800 Freestyle Relay Standings

Allison Schmitt led the United States out to an early lead in this morning’s 800 freestyle relay with a 1:55.95. She was followed by Missy Franklin (1:57.03). Melanie Margalis (1:57.04) had a back and forth race with China’s Jie Dong (1:57.45). In the anchor leg Cierra Runge swam a 1:57.75. The Americans will return to finals in  first with a 7:47.77.

Australia’s Leah Neale (1:57.06), Bronte Barratt (1:56.85), Tasmin Cook (1:57.35), and Jessica Ashwood (1:57.98) combined for a 7:49.24 to win heat one and take the second seed overall.

The Chinese team of Yanhan Al (1:57.20), Yuhan Zhang (1:56.38), Dong (1:57.45), and Shijia Wang (1:58.55) will be third in 7:49.58.

On the Australians’ tail was the Russian squad of Viktoriia Andreeva (1:57.82), Arina Openysheva (1:57.67), Daria Mullakaeva (1:57.85), and Veronika Popova (1:57.18) in 7:50.52. They will be fourth.

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