Canton’s Allison Schmitt put the U.S. women’s Gold-medal winning 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay 1/100th of a second off the lead with a fast first leg on the way to earning her 8th Olympic medal in her 3rd Games on Wednesday.
It’s Schmitt’s second medal and 1st Gold in RIO. Schmitt earned Silver in the 4 x 100 free relay by putting the U.S. team into the finals with a solid swim in the heats.
Schmitt’s opening leg in Wednesday morning’s 4 x 200 qualifying heat gave the U.S. a nearly 1 ½ second led her teammates would carry to the finish. Schmitt was the only member of the U.S. team to swim both the heat and the final.
It took a massive anchor leg by Katie Ledecky in the final to make good on the virtual first-place tie Schmitt had staked out for the U.S. Schmitt’s 1:56.21 opening 200 meters was second on the U.S. team only the Ledecky’s closing 1:53.74.
Wednesday’s Gold gives Schmitt her 4th in three Olympics. She added her 3rd Silver earlier this week in the 4 x 100 free relay prelims and also has two bronze medals.
Click here to read ESPN Senior Writer Bonnie D. Ford’s coverage of Schmitt in Wednesday’s 4 x 200 final.
Perhaps the most decorated swimmer ever from Michigan, “Schmitty” battled depression following a wildly successful Olympics in London where she took 5 medals: Gold in 200-meter free, 4×200 free relay and 4×100 medley relay; Silver in the 400 free and Bronze in the 4×100 free relay. She now has 8 Olympic and 3 World Championship medals. The 2008 graduate of Canton High has a degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia.