So it begins. The 4x200y freestyle. In the book of swimming history there is a list of the first and last yards world records that stood from an age of transition to metric standardisation in global swimming. There’s all sorts of stuff there, including a 3x100y medley relay from a time before butterfly. No 4x200y for women, though, the ‘fairer sex’ deemed to have been too gentle to go the distances that men went. They hadn’t heard of Katie Ledecky and Co, of course. Stanford’s quartet set the NCAA and American record at 6:49 last month. Now, the mark stands at 6:45.9
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