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4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Men

Date25 – 26 July 2021
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympic Aquatics Centre, 2-1, 2chome, Tatsumi, Koto-ku, Tatsumi-no-Mori Seaside Park, Tokyo, Japan
Participants70 from 16 countries

Although other nations had top sprinters, nobody had the depth of the United States and they were expected to win the gold medal. Held 12 times since 1964, the USA had won 9 of the 12 gold medals in the event, as Australia won in 2000, South Africa in 2004, and France in 2012. They had also won 5 of the last 8 World Championships in the event, with Australia winning in 2011 and France in 2013 and 2015.

In the preliminaries Italy qualified the fastest, as the USA finished second, although they had left off Caeleb Dressel, the dominant sprinter in Tokyo, saving him for the final. Australia was third and France fourth in the heats.

In the final Dressel led off for the Americans, putting them into the lead, 0.26 seconds ahead of France and Maxime Grousset. Blake Pieroni and Bowe Becker maintained the lead for the American as they led at every exchange. The anchor leg was swim by Zach Apple, who came home in 46.69, the second fastest leg of the relay, to secure gold for the USA.

Italy, which had been fourth in the early going, came on strong on the two legs, swum by Lorenzo Zazzeri and Manuel Frigo, to win silver, just ahead of Australia. The Aussies had not been in medal contention for the first two legs, but Kyle Chalmers’ anchor of 46.44 was the fastest split in the event and brought them the bronze medal.

PosSwimmerNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA3:11.33 (1 h2)3:08.97 (1)Gold
Caeleb DresselBlake PieroniBowe BeckerZach AppleBrooks Curry
2ItalyITA3:10.29 (1 h1)3:10.11 (2)Silver
Alessandro MiressiThomas CecconLorenzo ZazzeriManuel FrigoSanto Condorelli
3AustraliaAUS3:11.89 (2 h2)3:10.22 (3)Bronze
Matthew TempleZac IncertiAlex GrahamKyle ChalmersCameron McEvoy
4CanadaCAN3:13.00 (4 h2)3:10.82 (4)
Brent HaydenJoshua LiendoYuri KisilMarkus ThormeyerRuslan Gaziev
5HungaryHUN3:12.73 (3 h2)3:11.06 (5)
Kristóf MilákSzebasztián SzabóRichárd BohusNándor Németh
6FranceFRA3:12.35 (2 h1)3:11.09 (6)
Maxime GroussetFlorent ManaudouClément MignonMehdy MetellaCharles Rihoux
7ROCROC3:13.13 (4 h1)3:12.20 (7)
Andrey MinakovVladislav GrinevVladimir MorozovKliment KolesnikovAleksandr Shchogolev
8BrazilBRA3:12.59 (3 h1)3:13.41 (8)
Breno CorreiaPedro SpajariGabriel SantosMarcelo Chierighini
9Great BritainGBR3:13.17 (5 h2)
Matt RichardsJames GuyJoe LitchfieldJacob Whittle
10SerbiaSRB3:13.71 (5 h1)
Velimir StjepanovićAndrej BarnaUroš NikolićNikola Aćin
11PolandPOL3:13.88 (6 h1)
Karol OstrowskiKacper MajchrzakKonrad CzerniakJakub Kraska
12NetherlandsNED3:14.07 (6 h2)
Nyls KorstanjeStan PijnenburgThom de BoerJesse Puts
13JapanJPN3:14.44 (7 h1)
Katsumi NakamuraShinri ShiouraAkira NambaKaiya Seki
14SwitzerlandSUI3:14.65 (7 h2)
Roman MityukovNils LiessNoè PontiAntonio Djakovic
15GreeceGRE3:15.29 (8 h1)
Andreas VazaiosKristian GolomeevOdysseus MeladinisApostolos Khristou
16GermanyGER3:15.34 (8 h2)
Damian WierlingMarius KuschChristoph FildebrandtJan Eric Friese

Round One (25 July 2021 — 20:30)

PosLaneTeamNOCTime
15ItalyITA3:10.29Q
Alessandro MiressiSanto CondorelliLorenzo ZazzeriManuel Frigo
24United StatesUSA3:11.33Q
Brooks CurryBlake PieroniBowe BeckerZach Apple
35AustraliaAUS3:11.89Q
Cameron McEvoyZac IncertiAlex GrahamKyle Chalmers
46FranceFRA3:12.35Q
Clément MignonMaxime GroussetCharles RihouxMehdy Metella
53BrazilBRA3:12.59Q
Breno CorreiaPedro SpajariGabriel SantosMarcelo Chierighini
66HungaryHUN3:12.73Q
Kristóf MilákSzebasztián SzabóRichárd BohusNándor Németh
72CanadaCAN3:13.00Q
Brent HaydenJoshua LiendoRuslan GazievYuri Kisil
84ROCROC3:13.13Q
Vladislav GrinevAndrey MinakovVladimir MorozovAleksandr Shchogolev
93Great BritainGBR3:13.17
Matt RichardsJames GuyJoe LitchfieldJacob Whittle
107SerbiaSRB3:13.71
Velimir StjepanovićAndrej BarnaUroš NikolićNikola Aćin
118PolandPOL3:13.88
Karol OstrowskiKacper MajchrzakKonrad CzerniakJakub Kraska
121NetherlandsNED3:14.07
Nyls KorstanjeStan PijnenburgThom de BoerJesse Puts
131JapanJPN3:14.44
Katsumi NakamuraShinri ShiouraAkira NambaKaiya Seki
147SwitzerlandSUI3:14.65
Roman MityukovNils LiessNoè PontiAntonio Djakovic
152GreeceGRE3:15.29
Andreas VazaiosKristian GolomeevOdysseus MeladinisApostolos Khristou
168GermanyGER3:15.34
Damian WierlingMarius KuschChristoph FildebrandtJan Eric Friese

Heat One (20:30)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
15ItalyITA3:10.29Q
Alessandro Miressi22.800.7047.46 (1)
Santo Condorelli22.660.331:35.36 (1)
Lorenzo Zazzeri22.160.312:22.65 (1)
Manuel Frigo22.650.303:10.29 (1)
26FranceFRA3:12.35Q
Clément Mignon23.150.5948.58 (4)
Maxime Grousset22.540.461:35.99 (3)
Charles Rihoux22.650.152:24.26 (3)
Mehdy Metella22.700.303:12.35 (2)
33BrazilBRA3:12.59Q
Breno Correia23.450.6248.67 (=6)
Pedro Spajari22.810.291:36.82 (6)
Gabriel Santos22.730.222:25.25 (5)
Marcelo Chierighini21.860.263:12.59 (3)
44ROCROC3:13.13Q
Vladislav Grinev23.120.6348.39 (2)
Andrey Minakov22.760.161:35.87 (2)
Vladimir Morozov22.390.272:24.00 (2)
Aleksandr Shchogolev22.900.323:13.13 (4)
57SerbiaSRB3:13.71
Velimir Stjepanović23.520.6248.74 (8)
Andrej Barna22.540.261:36.24 (4)
Uroš Nikolić23.250.252:25.18 (4)
Nikola Aćin22.570.193:13.71 (5)
68PolandPOL3:13.88
Karol Ostrowski23.170.6548.67 (=6)
Kacper Majchrzak23.340.141:37.69 (8)
Konrad Czerniak22.810.242:26.20 (7)
Jakub Kraska22.520.193:13.88 (6)
71JapanJPN3:14.44
Katsumi Nakamura23.430.7148.56 (3)
Shinri Shioura23.040.251:37.19 (7)
Akira Namba22.510.242:25.85 (6)
Kaiya Seki23.180.153:14.44 (7)
82GreeceGRE3:15.29
Andreas Vazaios23.900.6348.65 (5)
Kristian Golomeev22.720.371:36.60 (5)
Odysseus Meladinis22.810.262:26.29 (8)
Apostolos Khristou22.920.263:15.29 (8)

Heat Two (20:40)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14United StatesUSA3:11.33Q
Brooks Curry23.210.6048.84 (5)
Blake Pieroni22.720.321:36.55 (4)
Bowe Becker22.500.332:24.14 (1)
Zach Apple22.200.243:11.33 (1)
25AustraliaAUS3:11.89Q
Cameron McEvoy23.400.5749.18 (8)
Zac Incerti22.520.051:36.82 (5)
Alex Graham23.350.162:25.26 (3)
Kyle Chalmers22.030.143:11.89 (2)
36HungaryHUN3:12.73Q
Kristóf Milák23.290.6848.56 (4)
Szebasztián Szabó22.760.221:37.00 (6)
Richárd Bohus23.070.152:25.27 (4)
Nándor Németh22.850.113:12.73 (3)
42CanadaCAN3:13.00Q
Brent Hayden23.010.6948.51 (3)
Joshua Liendo22.560.091:36.18 (1)
Ruslan Gaziev23.010.172:25.22 (2)
Yuri Kisil22.680.153:13.00 (4)
53Great BritainGBR3:13.17
Matt Richards23.300.5948.23 (1)
James Guy22.900.161:36.26 (2)
Joe Litchfield23.380.232:25.67 (5)
Jacob Whittle22.600.153:13.17 (5)
61NetherlandsNED3:14.07
Nyls Korstanje23.370.6349.15 (7)
Stan Pijnenburg22.490.231:36.50 (3)
Thom de Boer22.740.132:25.89 (6)
Jesse Puts22.550.173:14.07 (6)
77SwitzerlandSUI3:14.65
Roman Mityukov23.290.5548.46 (2)
Nils Liess23.310.301:37.63 (7)
Noè Ponti23.260.182:26.25 (7)
Antonio Djakovic22.950.263:14.65 (7)
88GermanyGER3:15.34
Damian Wierling23.680.6648.96 (6)
Marius Kusch22.990.151:37.67 (8)
Christoph Fildebrandt23.070.042:26.39 (8)
Jan Eric Friese23.180.313:15.34 (8)

Final (26 July 2021 — 12:05)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
15United StatesUSA3:08.97
Caeleb Dressel22.240.6147.26 (1)
Blake Pieroni22.490.251:34.84 (1)
Bowe Becker22.210.232:22.28 (1)
Zach Apple21.810.053:08.97 (1)
24ItalyITA3:10.11
Alessandro Miressi22.770.7047.72 (4)
Thomas Ceccon22.730.271:35.17 (3)
Lorenzo Zazzeri22.120.182:22.48 (2)
Manuel Frigo22.500.293:10.11 (2)
33AustraliaAUS3:10.22
Matthew Temple23.250.6148.07 (6)
Zac Incerti22.840.231:35.62 (5)
Alex Graham22.760.172:23.78 (6)
Kyle Chalmers22.230.283:10.22 (3)
41CanadaCAN3:10.82
Brent Hayden22.840.6747.99 (5)
Joshua Liendo22.620.171:35.50 (4)
Yuri Kisil22.400.002:22.65 (3)
Markus Thormeyer22.630.073:10.82 (4)
57HungaryHUN3:11.06
Kristóf Milák23.230.7048.24 (7)
Szebasztián Szabó22.320.041:35.68 (7)
Richárd Bohus22.390.232:23.49 (5)
Nándor Németh22.850.123:11.06 (5)
66FranceFRA3:11.09
Maxime Grousset22.810.6247.52 (2)
Florent Manaudou22.100.071:35.14 (2)
Clément Mignon22.610.172:23.15 (4)
Mehdy Metella22.610.113:11.09 (6)
78ROCROC3:12.20
Andrey Minakov22.770.6347.71 (3)
Vladislav Grinev22.470.081:35.65 (6)
Vladimir Morozov22.300.122:23.80 (7)
Kliment Kolesnikov22.940.303:12.20 (7)
82BrazilBRA3:13.41
Breno Correia23.380.6348.69 (8)
Pedro Spajari22.310.211:36.93 (8)
Gabriel Santos22.920.232:25.69 (8)
Marcelo Chierighini22.230.093:13.41 (8)