Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay
|Men's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay|
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
|Venue||Olympic Aquatic Centre|
|Dates||August 17, 2004 (heats & final)|
|Competitors||75 from 16 nations|
|Winning time||7:07.33 AM|
Team USA had a satisfactory triumph over the Australians with a gold medal for the first time since the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. Klete Keller, along with Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, and Peter Vanderkaay of the Team USA, edged out the Australians, led by Ian Thorpe, to a first-place finish by 0.13 of a second, in an American record time of 7:07.33. As the defending Olympic champions from Sydney, the Australian team of Thorpe, Michael Klim, Nicholas Sprenger, and Grant Hackett earned a silver medal in 7:07.46. The Italians got the bronze in 7:11.83, after a powerful second leg from former Olympic silver medalist Massimiliano Rosolino.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record|| Australia (AUS)
Grant Hackett (1:46.11)
Michael Klim (1:46.49)
Bill Kirby (1:47.92)
Ian Thorpe (1:44.14)
|7:04.66||Fukuoka, Japan||27 July 2001|
|Olympic record|| Australia (AUS)
Ian Thorpe (1:46.03)
Michael Klim (1:46.40)
Todd Pearson (1:47.36)
Bill Kirby (1:47.26)
|7:07.05||Sydney, Australia||19 September 2000|
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