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Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay

The men's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 12–13 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Men's 4×200 metre freestyle relay
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueBeijing National Aquatics Center
DateAugust 12, 2008 (heats)
August 13, 2008 (final)
Competitors73 from 16 nations
Winning time6:58.56 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s)  United States (USA)
Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Ricky Berens, Peter Vanderkaay, David Walters*, Erik Vendt*, Klete Keller*
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Russia (RUS)
Nikita Lobintsev, Yevgeny Lagunov, Danila Izotov, Alexander Sukhorukov, Mikhail Polishchuk*
3rd, bronze medalist(s)

 Australia (AUS)
Patrick Murphy, Grant Hackett, Grant Brits, Nic Ffrost, Kirk Palmer*, Leith Brodie*


*Indicates the swimmer only competed in the preliminary heats.
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The U.S. men's team smashed both the seven-minute barrier and the world record to keep Michael Phelps' gold-medal streak alive and most importantly, to defend their Olympic title in the event. The American foursome of Phelps (1:43.31, the second fastest split in history), Ryan Lochte (1:44.28), Ricky Berens (1:46.29), and Peter Vanderkaay (1:44.68) blistered the field, and prevailed in a sterling time of 6:58.56 to shave off their standard by almost five seconds from the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne.[2][3] Earlier in the prelims, Berens (1:45.47) and his teammates David Walters (1:46.57), Erik Vendt (1:47.11), and Klete Keller (1:45.51) registered a top-seeded time of 7:04.66 from heat two to demolish Australia's 2000 Olympic record by 2.39 seconds.[4][5]

Russia's Nikita Lobintsev (1:46.64), Yevgeny Lagunov (1:46.56), Danila Izotov (1:45.86), and Alexander Sukhorukov (1:44.65) trailed behind the Americans by over five body lengths to take home the silver in a European record of 7:03.70.[6] Meanwhile, Australia's Patrick Murphy (1:45.95), Grant Hackett (1:45.87), Grant Brits (1:47.13), and Nic Ffrost (1:46.03) picked up a bronze in 7:04.98 to hold off the agile Italian quartet of Marco Belotti (1:47.37), Emiliano Brembilla (1:47.33), Massimiliano Rosolino (1:46.53), and Filippo Magnini (1:44.12) by 37-hundredths of a second, a national record of 7:05.35.[7][8]

Canada's Brent Hayden (1:44.42) helped his teammates Colin Russell (1:46.89), Brian Johns (1:47.61), Brent Hayden (1:44.42), and Andrew Hurd (1:46.85) claim a fifth spot in a national record of 7:05.77.[9] Great Britain (7:05.92), Japan (7:10.31), and South Africa (7:13.02), led by fourth-place finalist Jean Basson, rounded out the field.[8]

Contents

RecordsEdit

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

World record   United States (USA)
Michael Phelps (1:45.36)
Ryan Lochte (1:45.86)
Klete Keller (1:46.31)
Peter Vanderkaay (1:45.71)
7:03.24 Melbourne, Australia 30 March 2007
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

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 12 Heat 2 David Walters (1:46.57)
Ricky Berens (1:45.47)
Erik Vendt (1:47.11)
Klete Keller (1:45.51)
  United States 7:04.66 OR
August 13 Final Michael Phelps (1:43.31)
Ryan Lochte (1:44.28)
Ricky Berens (1:46.29)
Peter Vanderkaay (1:44.68)
  United States 6:58.56 WR, OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Nationality Name Time Notes
1 2 4   United States David Walters (1:46.57)
Ricky Berens (1:45.47)
Erik Vendt (1:47.11)
Klete Keller (1:45.51)
7:04.66 Q, OR
2 1 4   Italy Nicola Cassio (1:48.76)
Marco Belotti (1:45.82)
Emiliano Brembilla (1:46.46)
Massimiliano Rosolino (1:46.80)
7:07.84 Q, EU
3 1 6   Russia Mikhail Polishchuk (1:48.54)
Danila Izotov (1:47.24)
Nikita Lobintsev (1:46.84)
Alexander Sukhorukov (1:45.24)
7:07.86 Q
4 2 3   Great Britain David Carry (1:46.47) NR
Andrew Hunter (1:46.88)
Ross Davenport (1:47.15)
Robert Renwick (1:47.39)
7:07.89 Q, NR
5 1 5   Canada Brian Johns (1:47.44)
Rick Say (1:47.24)
Adam Sioui (1:47.05)
Andrew Hurd (1:46.31)
7:08.04 Q
6 2 5   Australia Nic Ffrost (1:47.47)
Grant Brits (1:46.84)
Kirk Palmer (1:47.02)
Leith Brodie (1:47.08)
7:08.41 Q
7 1 7   Japan Yoshihiro Okumura (1:47.19)
Sho Uchida (1:46.59)
Yasunori Mononobe (1:47.29)
Hisato Matsumoto (1:48.05)
7:09.12 Q, AS
8 2 2   South Africa Jean Basson (1:45.99)
Darian Townsend (1:46.14)
Jan Venter (1:48.32)
Sebastien Rousseau (1:50.46)
7:10.91 Q, AF
9 2 6   Austria Dominik Koll (1:47.72) NR
David Brandl (1:46.45)
Florian Janistyn (1:50.48)
Markus Rogan (1:46.80)
7:11.45
10 1 2   China Zhang Lin (1:46.13)
Zhang Enjian (1:49.31)
Sun Yang (1:48.73)
Shi Haoran (1:49.40)
7:13.57
10 1 8   France Clement Lefert (1:48.34)
Sébastien Bodet (1:49.47)
Matthieu Madelaine (1:49.87)
Amaury Leveaux (1:45.89)
7:13.57
12 1 1   Germany Paul Biedermann (1:47.48)
Benjamin Starke (1:48.51)
Christian Kubusch (1:49.28)
Stefan Herbst (1:48.65)
7:13.92
13 2 1   Hungary Gergő Kis (1:47.39)
Tamás Kerékjártó (1:49.09)
Dominik Kozma (1:49.26)
Norbert Kovács (1:48.40)
7:14.14
14 2 7   Poland Łukasz Gąsior (1:49.43)
Łukasz Wójt (1:48.54)
Michał Rokicki (1:51.14)
Przemysław Stańczyk (1:48.98)
7:18.09
15 2 8   Greece Andreas Zisimos (1:49.05)
Nikos Xylouris (1:49.53)
Ioannis Giannoulis (1:48.96)
Vasileios Demetis (1:50.72)
7:18.26
16 1 3   Brazil Nicolas Oliveira (1:49.49)
Rodrigo Castro (1:48.31)
Phillip Morrison (1:49.35)
Lucas Salatta (1:52.39)
7:19.54

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Nationality Name Time Time behind Notes
  4   United States Michael Phelps (1:43.31)
Ryan Lochte (1:44.28)
Ricky Berens (1:46.29)
Peter Vanderkaay (1:44.68)
6:58.56 WR
  3   Russia Nikita Lobintsev (1:46.64)
Yevgeny Lagunov (1:46.56)
Danila Izotov (1:45.86)
Alexander Sukhorukov (1:44.65)
7:03.70 5.14 EU
  7   Australia Patrick Murphy (1:45.95)
Grant Hackett (1:45.87)
Grant Brits (1:47.13)
Nic Ffrost (1:46.03)
7:04.98 6.42
4 5   Italy Marco Belotti (1:47.37)
Emiliano Brembilla (1:47.33)
Massimiliano Rosolino (1:46.53)
Filippo Magnini (1:44.12)
7:05.35 6.79 NR
5 2   Canada Colin Russell (1:46.89)
Brian Johns (1:47.61)
Brent Hayden (1:44.42)
Andrew Hurd (1:46.85)
7:05.77 7.21 NR
6 6   Great Britain David Carry (1:46.78)
Andrew Hunter (1:46.73)
Robbie Renwick (1:46.16)
Ross Davenport (1:46.25)
7:05.92 7.36 NR
7 1   Japan Yoshihiro Okumura (1:46.61)
Sho Uchida (1:47.36)
Yasunori Mononobe (1:47.72)
Hisato Matsumoto (1:48.62)
7:10.31 11.75
8 8   South Africa Jean Basson (1:46.67)
Darian Townsend (1:47.24)
Jan Venter (1:49.56)
Sebastien Rousseau (1:49.55)
7:13.02 14.46

ReferencesEdit

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