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Swimming at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay

The men's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place on 7 August at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.[1]

Men's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
Adrian, Held, Phelps, Dressel Rio 2016.jpg
The American final team (Adrian, Held, Phelps, and Dressel), celebrating their gold medal victory.
VenueOlympic Aquatics Stadium
Dates7 August 2016 (heats & final)
Competitors73 from 16 nations
Teams16
Winning time3:09.92
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s)  United States
Caeleb Dressel, Michael Phelps, Ryan Held, Nathan Adrian, Jimmy Feigen*, Blake Pieroni*, Anthony Ervin*
2nd, silver medalist(s)  France
Mehdy Metella, Fabien Gilot, Florent Manaudou, Jérémy Stravius, William Meynard*, Clément Mignon*
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Australia
James Roberts, Kyle Chalmers, James Magnussen, Cameron McEvoy, Matthew Abood*
*Indicates the swimmer only competed in the preliminary heats.
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Four years after losing the Olympic gold to the Frenchmen in this event, the U.S. men's team was able to get back on top of the podium at these Games. Holding a tight race against the field on the lead-off leg by Caeleb Dressel (48.10), Michael Phelps threw down a 47.12 split on the second leg to move the Americans to the front, until he handed the youngster Ryan Held (47.73) and veteran Nathan Adrian their relay duties at the remaining exchanges of the race. Adrian delivered a fastest split in the field with an anchor of 46.97 to race against the Frenchmen towards a gold-medal finish in 3:09.92.[2][3] Phelps had officially come out of retirement two years earlier to extend his career resume with a nineteenth gold medal and twenty-third overall at his fifth straight Olympics.[4][5]

France's Mehdy Metella (48.08), Fabien Gilot (48.20), and Florent Manaudou (47.14) handed Jérémy Stravius the anchor duties to chase down the Americans to the front, but Stravius' split of 47.11 was just good enough to settle them only for the silver in 3:10.53.[6] Meanwhile, the Australian combination of James Roberts (48.88), Kyle Chalmers (47.38), James Magnussen (48.11), and Cameron McEvoy (47.00) snatched the bronze in 3:11.37 to hold off the Russian quartet of Andrey Grechin (48.68), Danila Izotov (48.00), Vladimir Morozov (47.31), and Alexander Sukhorukov (47.65) by nearly three tenths of a second, a fourth-place time in 3:11.64.[7][8]

Outside the podium, Brazil's Marcelo Chierighini (48.12), Nicolas Oliveira (48.26), Gabriel Santos (48.72), and João de Lucca (48.11) enjoyed racing in front of the home crowd to pick up the fifth spot with a 3:13.21. The Belgian foursome of Glenn Surgeloose (48.73), Jasper Aerents (48.47), Emmanuel Vanluchene (48.82), and Pieter Timmers (47.55) struggled to mount a challenge against the top-ranked teams throughout the race, but they managed to finish sixth with a national record of 3:13.57. Canada (3:14.35) and Japan (3:14.48) rounded out the championship field.[6]

The medals for the competition were presented by Ivan Dibos, Peru, IOC member, and the gifts were presented by Mr. Errol Clarke, Bureau Member of the FINA.

Contents

RecordsEdit

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

World record   United States (USA)
Michael Phelps (47.51)
Garrett Weber-Gale (47.02)
Cullen Jones (47.65)
Jason Lezak (46.06)
3:08.24 Beijing, China 11 August 2008
Olympic record   United States (USA)
Michael Phelps (47.51)
Garrett Weber-Gale (47.02)
Cullen Jones (47.65)
Jason Lezak (46.06)
3:08.24 Beijing, China 11 August 2008

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

A total of sixteen countries qualified to participate. The best eight from two heats advanced to the final.

Rank Heat Lane Nation Swimmers Time Notes
1 1 4   Russia Andrey Grechin (48.58)
Aleksandr Popkov (48.18)
Danila Izotov (47.65)
Alexander Sukhorukov (47.63)
3:12.04 Q
2 2 1   United States Jimmy Feigen (48.55)
Ryan Held (47.79)
Blake Pieroni (48.39)
Anthony Ervin (47.65)
3:12.38 Q
3 2 5   Australia James Magnussen (48.85)
Kyle Chalmers (47.04)
James Roberts (48.33)
Matthew Abood (48.43)
3:12.65 Q
4 2 4   France Clément Mignon (48.59)
William Meynard (49.05)
Fabien Gilot (47.88)
Mehdy Metella (47.75)
3:13.27 Q
5 2 3   Brazil Marcelo Chierighini (48.47)
Nicolas Oliveira (47.96)
Gabriel Santos (48.63)
Matheus Santana (49.00)
3:14.06 Q
1 6   Canada Santo Condorelli (48.73)
Yuri Kisil (47.70)
Markus Thormeyer (48.29)
Evan van Moerkerke (49.34)
Q
7 2 6   Belgium Dieter Dekoninck (49.91)
Jasper Aerents (48.77)
Glenn Surgeloose (48.09)
Pieter Timmers (47.39)
3:14.16 Q
8 1 2   Japan Katsumi Nakamura (47.99) NR
Shinri Shioura (48.71)
Kenji Kobase (48.79)
Junya Koga (48.68)
3:14.17 Q, NR
9 1 5   Italy Luca Dotto (48.51)
Marco Orsi (48.58)
Michele Santucci (48.42)
Luca Leonardi (48.71)
3:14.22
10 2 7   Greece Odysseus Meladinis (49.92)
Kristian Golomeev (47.43)
Christos Katrantzis (49.13)
Apostolos Christou (48.14)
3:14.62
11 1 7   Germany Steffen Deibler (48.92)
Björn Hornikel (48.89)
Philipp Wolf (48.46)
Damian Wierling (48.70)
3:14.97
12 1 3   Poland Paweł Korzeniowski (49.93)
Kacper Majchrzak (48.42)
Jan Świtkowski (48.64)
Konrad Czerniak (48.53)
3:15.52
13 1 8   Spain Markel Alberdi (49.28)
Miguel Ortiz-Cañavate (48.87)
Aitor Martínez (48.87)
Bruno Ortiz-Cañavate (49.69)
3:16.71 NR
14 1 1   Romania Marius Radu (49.33)
Daniel Macovei (49.99)
Alin Coste (49.51)
Norbert Trandafir (48.20)
3:17.03
2 8   Hungary Dominik Kozma (48.77)
Richárd Bohus (48.60)
Krisztián Takács (48.93)
Péter Holoda (48.91)
3:15.21 DSQ[11]
2 7   China He Jianbin (50.08)
Lin Yongqing (DSQ)
Ning Zetao (47.88)
Yu Hexin (48.85)
DSQ

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Nation Swimmers Time Notes
  5   United States Caeleb Dressel (48.10)
Michael Phelps (47.12)
Ryan Held (47.73)
Nathan Adrian (46.97)
3:09.92
  6   France Mehdy Metella (48.08)
Fabien Gilot (48.20)
Florent Manaudou (47.14)
Jérémy Stravius (47.11)
3:10.53
  3   Australia James Roberts (48.88)
Kyle Chalmers (47.38)
James Magnussen (48.11)
Cameron McEvoy (47.00)
3:11.37
4 4   Russia Andrey Grechin (48.68)
Danila Izotov (48.00)
Vladimir Morozov (47.31)
Alexander Sukhorukov (47.65)
3:11.64
5 7   Brazil Marcelo Chierighini (48.12)
Nicolas Oliveira (48.26)
Gabriel Santos (48.72)
João de Lucca (48.11)
3:13.21
6 1   Belgium Glenn Surgeloose (48.73)
Jasper Aerents (48.47)
Emmanuel Vanluchene (48.82)
Pieter Timmers (47.55)
3:13.57 NR
7 2   Canada Santo Condorelli (48.51)
Yuri Kisil (47.76)
Markus Thormeyer (48.40)
Evan van Moerkerke (49.68)
3:14.35
8 8   Japan Katsumi Nakamura (48.49)
Shinri Shioura (48.65)
Kenji Kobase (48.79)
Junya Koga (48.55)
3:14.48

ReferencesEdit

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