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

The men's 4×100 meter medley relay took place on 20–21 August at the Olympic Aquatic Centre of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, Greece.[1]

Men's 4 × 100 metre medley relay
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
VenueOlympic Aquatic Centre
DatesAugust 20, 2004 (heats)
August 21, 2004 (final)
Competitors73 from 16 nations
Winning time3:30.68 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s)  United States (USA)
Aaron Peirsol, Brendan Hansen, Ian Crocker, Jason Lezak, Lenny Krayzelburg*, Mark Gangloff*, Michael Phelps*, Neil Walker*
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Germany (GER)
Steffen Driesen, Jens Kruppa, Thomas Rupprath, Lars Conrad, Helge Meeuw*
3rd, bronze medalist(s)

 Japan (JPN)
Tomomi Morita, Kosuke Kitajima, Takashi Yamamoto, Yoshihiro Okumura


*Indicates the swimmer only competed in the preliminary heats.
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The U.S. team added two new world records to the books in the final men's event of the Olympic swimming program. Aaron Peirsol, Brendan Hansen, Ian Crocker, and Jason Lezak lowered their time set at the 2003 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, stopping the clock in 3:30.68. At the opening of the race, Peirsol led off a backstroke leg with a new world record of 53.45, beating a 0.15-second mark set by Lenny Krayzelburg (53.60) from the Pan Pacific Championships in 1999.[2][3]

Meanwhile, the Germans earned a silver medal in a European record of 3:33.62, 11-hundredths of a second under the old Olympic record set by Team USA in 2000. Japan finished third in 3:35.22 to hold off the strong Russian team anchored by double Olympic champion Alexander Popov, who made up more than 1.5 seconds, but fell short of a medal in his last Olympic final.[2][4]

Contents

RecordsEdit

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

World record   United States (USA)
Aaron Peirsol (53.71)
Brendan Hansen (59.61)
Ian Crocker (50.39)
Jason Lezak (47.83)
3:31.54 Barcelona, Spain 27 July 2003
Olympic record   United States (USA)
Lenny Krayzelburg (53.87)
Ed Moses (59.84)
Ian Crocker (52.10)
Gary Hall, Jr. (47.92)
3:33.73 Sydney, Australia 23 September 2000

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 21 Final Aaron Peirsol (53.45)
Brendan Hansen (59.37)
Ian Crocker (50.28)
Jason Lezak (47.58)
  United States 3:30.68 WR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Nation Swimmers Time Notes
1 2 4   United States Lenny Krayzelburg (54.27)
Mark Gangloff (1:00.27)
Michael Phelps (52.43)
Neil Walker (48.13)
3:35.10 Q
2 2 8   Germany Steffen Driesen (54.75)
Jens Kruppa (1:00.80)
Helge Meeuw (52.73)
Lars Conrad (48.37)
3:36.65 Q
3 2 2   Great Britain Gregor Tait (55.36)
James Gibson (1:00.30)
James Hickman (52.23)
Matthew Kidd (49.05)
3:36.94 Q
4 2 5   Japan Tomomi Morita (54.63)
Kosuke Kitajima (59.69)
Takashi Yamamoto (52.66)
Yoshihiro Okumura (50.06)
3:37.04 Q
5 2 6   Hungary László Cseh (55.22)
Richárd Bodor (1:00.31)
Zsolt Gáspár (52.96)
Attila Zubor (48.78)
3:37.27 Q
6 2 3   France Simon Dufour (55.69)
Hugues Duboscq (1:00.10)
Franck Esposito (52.52)
Frédérick Bousquet (49.29)
3:37.60 Q
7 1 4   Russia Arkady Vyatchanin (55.47)
Roman Sloudnov (1:01.22)
Yevgeny Korotyshkin (52.35)
Andrey Kapralov (49.03)
3:38.07 Q
8 1 3   Ukraine Pavlo Illichov (56.40)
Valeriy Dymo (1:01.23)
Denys Sylantyev (52.41)
Yuriy Yegoshin (48.81)
3:38.85 Q
9 1 5   Australia Matt Welsh (55.36)
Jim Piper (1:02.10)
Adam Pine (53.02)
Michael Klim (48.66)
3:39.14
10 1 6   Canada Riley Janes (56.17)
Mike Brown (1:01.73)
Mike Mintenko (52.48)
Brent Hayden (48.98)
3:39.36
11 1 2   Finland Jani Sievinen (56.84)
Jarno Pihlava (1:01.39)
Jere Hård (53.19)
Matti Rajakylä (50.22)
3:41.64
12 2 1   New Zealand Scott Talbot-Cameron (56.11)
Ben Labowitch (1:03.88)
Corney Swanepoel (52.41)
Cameron Gibson (50.34)
3:42.74
13 2 7   South Africa Gerhard Zandberg (56.23)
Terence Parkin (1:03.89)
Eugene Botes (54.57)
Karl Otto Thaning (49.25)
3:43.94
14 1 7   Slovenia Blaž Medvešek (56.47)
Emil Tahirovič (1:02.52)
Peter Mankoč (53.75)
Jernej Godec (51.43)
3:44.17
15 1 1   Brazil Paulo Machado (57.33)
Eduardo Fischer (1:02.58)
Kaio de Almeida (53.52)
Jader Souza (50.98)
3:44.41
1 8   Italy Emanuele Merisi (56.55)
Paolo Bossini
Mattia Nalesso
Giacomo Vassanelli
DSQ

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Nation Swimmers Time Time behind Notes
  4   United States Aaron Peirsol (53.45) WR
Brendan Hansen (59.37)
Ian Crocker (50.28)
Jason Lezak (47.58)
3:30.68 WR
  5   Germany Steffen Driesen (54.26)
Jens Kruppa (1:00.50)
Thomas Rupprath (51.40)
Lars Conrad (47.46)
3:33.62 2.94 EU
  6   Japan Tomomi Morita (54.25) AS
Kosuke Kitajima (59.35)
Takashi Yamamoto (51.87)
Yoshihiro Okumura (49.75)
3:35.22 4.54 AS
4 1   Russia Arkady Vyatchanin (55.15)
Roman Sloudnov (1:01.00)
Igor Marchenko (51.74)
Alexander Popov (48.02)
3:35.91 5.23
5 7   France Simon Dufour (55.74)
Hugues Duboscq (1:00.07)
Franck Esposito (52.22)
Frédérick Bousquet (48.54)
3:36.57 5.89
6 8   Ukraine Pavlo Illichov (56.19)
Oleg Lisogor (1:00.99)
Andriy Serdinov (50.80)
Yuriy Yegoshin (48.89)
3:36.87 6.19
7 2   Hungary László Cseh (54.89)
Richárd Bodor (1:00.25)
Zsolt Gáspár (53.32)
Attila Zubor (49.00)
3:37.46 6.78
8 3   Great Britain Gregor Tait (55.69)
James Gibson (1:00.30)
James Hickman (52.64)
Matthew Kidd (49.14)
3:37.77 7.09

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". BBC Sport. 5 August 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2007.
  2. ^ a b Thomas, Stephen (21 August 2004). "Two World Records to the USA in One Race: American Men Set New 400m Medley Standard, Aaron Peirsol Lowers the 100 Backstroke Mark". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  3. ^ Michaelis, Vicky (21 August 2004). "Medley relay world record hands Phelps his eighth medal". USA Today. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  4. ^ "USA win 4×100m swim relay". BBC Sport. 21 August 2004. Retrieved 10 May 2013.

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