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Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay

The men's 4×100 metre freestyle relay took place on 15 August at the Olympic Aquatic Centre of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, Greece.[1]

Men's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
VenueOlympic Aquatic Centre
DatesAugust 15, 2004 (heats & final)
Competitors75 from 16 nations
Winning time3:13.17 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s)  South Africa (RSA)
Roland Mark Schoeman, Lyndon Ferns, Darian Townsend, Ryk Neethling
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Netherlands (NED)
Johan Kenkhuis, Mitja Zastrow, Klaas-Erik Zwering, Pieter van den Hoogenband, Mark Veens*
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  United States (USA)
Ian Crocker, Michael Phelps, Neil Walker, Jason Lezak, Nate Dusing*, Gary Hall Jr.*, Gabe Woodward*
*Indicates the swimmer only competed in the preliminary heats.
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The South African team (Roland Mark Schoeman, Lyndon Ferns, Darian Townsend, and Ryk Neethling) set a new world record of 3:13.17 to solidify their country's triumph with a gold medal in the event. Defending Olympic champion Pieter van den Hoogenband swam a fastest split of 46.79 to take the silver for the Dutch in a national record of 3:14.36, leaving the U.S. team of Ian Crocker, Michael Phelps, Neil Walker, and Jason Lezak with the bronze in 3:14.62, their worst result in Olympic history.[2][3]

RecordsEdit

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record   Australia (AUS)
Michael Klim (48.18)
Chris Fydler (48.48)
Ashley Callus (48.71)
Ian Thorpe (48.30)
3:13.67 Sydney, Australia 17 September 2000
Olympic record   Australia (AUS)
Michael Klim (48.18)
Chris Fydler (48.48)
Ashley Callus (48.71)
Ian Thorpe (48.30)
3:13.67 Sydney, Australia 17 September 2000

The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 15 Final Roland Mark Schoeman (48.17)
Lyndon Ferns (48.13)
Darian Townsend (48.96)
Ryk Neethling (47.91)
  South Africa 3:13.17 WR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Nation Swimmers Time Notes
1 1 6   South Africa Roland Mark Schoeman (48.38)
Lyndon Ferns (48.34)
Darian Townsend (49.13)
Ryk Neethling (47.99)
3:13.84 Q
2 1 4   United States Gabe Woodward (49.93)
Nate Dusing (49.01)
Neil Walker (48.16)
Gary Hall Jr. (48.73)
3:15.83 Q
3 1 5   Italy Lorenzo Vismara (49.67)
Michele Scarica (48.92)
Alessandro Calvi (49.35)
Christian Galenda (48.24)
3:16.18 Q
4 1 2   Netherlands Mark Veens (49.73)
Johan Kenkhuis (48.80)
Mitja Zastrow (48.90)
Klaas-Erik Zwering (48.99)
3:16.42 Q
5 2 4   Russia Andrey Kapralov (49.12)
Yevgeny Lagunov (49.68)
Ivan Usov (49.86)
Denis Pimankov (48.80)
3:17.46 Q
6 2 3   Australia Ashley Callus (50.04)
Eamon Sullivan (49.13)
Jono van Hazel (49.65)
Todd Pearson (48.82)
3:17.64 Q
2 5   France Romain Barnier (49.73)
Julien Sicot (49.29)
Fabien Gilot (49.21)
Amaury Leveaux (49.41)
Q
8 1 3   Germany Stephan Kunzelmann (50.09)
Christian Keller (50.16)
Torsten Spanneberg (49.36)
Lars Conrad (48.36)
3:17.97 Q
9 2 6   Canada Yannick Lupien (50.16)
Riley Janes (49.49)
Mike Mintenko (49.60)
Brent Hayden (49.10)
3:18.35
10 2 1   Ukraine Denys Syzonenko (50.05)
Andriy Serdinov (49.94)
Pavel Khnykin (49.47)
Yuriy Yegoshin (49.49)
3:18.95 NR
11 1 8   Lithuania Rolandas Gimbutis (49.11)
Saulius Binevičius (50.35)
Paulius Viktoravičius (50.20)
Vytautas Janušaitis (49.62)
3:19.28
12 2 7   Brazil Jader Souza (50.89)
Gustavo Borges (49.59)
Carlos Jayme (49.67)
Rodrigo Castro (50.05)
3:20.20
13 1 1   Croatia Duje Draganja (50.38)
Mario Delač (49.75)
Ivan Mladina (50.16)
Igor Čerenšek (50.72)
3:21.01
14 2 8   Greece Aristeidis Grigoriadis (50.15)
Alexandros Tsoltos (51.03)
Spyridon Bitsakis (52.25)
Andreas Zisimos (50.83)
3:24.26
15 1 7   China Chen Zuo (50.75)
Liu Weijia (51.15)
Zheng Kunliang (51.34)
Huang Shaohua (51.07)
3:24.31
2 2   Sweden Eric la Fleur (50.43)
Stefan Nystrand (48.61)
Mattias Ohlin (50.24)
Lars Frölander
DSQ

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Nation Swimmers Time Time behind Notes
  4   South Africa Roland Mark Schoeman (48.17)
Lyndon Ferns (48.13)
Darian Townsend (48.96)
Ryk Neethling (47.91)
3:13.17 WR
  6   Netherlands Johan Kenkhuis (49.81)
Mitja Zastrow (49.25)
Klaas-Erik Zwering (48.51)
Pieter van den Hoogenband (46.79)
3:14.36 1.19 NR
  5   United States Ian Crocker (50.05)
Michael Phelps (48.74)
Neil Walker (47.97)
Jason Lezak (47.86)
3:14.62 1.45
4 2   Russia Andrey Kapralov (49.27)
Yevgeny Lagunov (49.17)
Denis Pimankov (49.25)
Alexander Popov (48.06)
3:15.75 2.68
3   Italy Lorenzo Vismara (49.16)
Filippo Magnini (48.30)
Michele Scarica (49.21)
Christian Galenda (49.08)
6 1   Australia Michael Klim (49.37)
Todd Pearson (49.07)
Eamon Sullivan (49.19)
Ian Thorpe (48.14)
3:15.77 2.70
7 7   France Romain Barnier (49.65)
Julien Sicot (49.31)
Fabien Gilot (48.95)
Frédérick Bousquet (48.32)
3:16.23 3.06
8 8   Germany Jens Schreiber (49.88)
Lars Conrad (48.72)
Torsten Spanneberg (49.24)
Stefan Herbst (49.34)
3:17.18 4.01

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". BBC Sport. 5 August 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2007.
  2. ^ "South African Men Take a Historic Relay Victory in 400 free – Smash World Record". Swimming World Magazine. 15 August 2004. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  3. ^ Zinser, Lynn (16 August 2012). "Olympics: Swimming; South Africa's Relay Upset Leaves U.S. and Phelps 3rd". New York Times. Retrieved 10 May 2013.

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