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4 x 100 metres Medley Relay, Men

Date22 July 1976
StatusOlympic
LocationPiscine olympique, Montréal, Québec
Participants68 from 14 countries

The world record was the 1972 Olympic-winning mark of 3:48.16, set by the United States and anchored by Mark Spitz. But in the Montréal heats the USA B team broke that mark with 3:47.28, lending further proof to the Americans as heavy favorites for the final. In that final, John Naber, winner of the 100 and 200 backstrokes in Montréal, put the US out to insurmountable lead on the opening backstroke leg. Every member of the gold-medal winning US team posted the fastest individual time for their leg, as they won in a world record 3:45.70. This marked the fifth consecutive win in this event for the US, which has never lost the medley relay at an Olympics at which they competed.

PosSwimmerNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA3:47.28 (1 h2)3:42.22 (1)Gold
John NaberJohn HenckenMatt VogelJim MontgomeryPeter RoccaChris WooJoe BottomJack Babashoff
2CanadaCAN3:50.61 (1 h1)3:45.94 (2)Silver
Steve PickellGraham SmithClay EvansGary MacDonaldBruce Robertson
3West GermanyFRG3:51.57 (2 h2)3:47.29 (3)Bronze
Klaus SteinbachWalter KuschMichael KrausPeter NockePeter LangDirk BraunlederReinhold Becker (DNS)
4Great BritainGBR3:52.35 (2 h1)3:49.56 (4)
Jim CarterDavid WilkieJohn MillsBrian BrinkleyGary AbrahamDuncan GoodhewKevin Burns
5Soviet UnionURS3:53.64 (3 h2)3:49.90 (5)
Igor Omelchenk'oArvydas JuozaitisYevgeny SeredinAndrey KrylovNikolay PankinAndrey Bogdanov
6AustraliaAUS3:53.98 (3 h1)3:51.54 (6)
Mark KerryPaul JarvieNeil RogersPeter Coughlan
7ItalyITA3:57.30 (5 h2)3:52.92 (7)
Enrico BissoGiorgio LallePaolo BarelliMarcello GuarducciRiccardo Urbani (DNS)
8JapanJPN3:56.18 (4 h2)3:54.74 (8)
Tadashi HondaNobutaka TaguchiHideaki HaraTsuyoshi YanagidateKozo Higuchi (DNS)
9SpainESP3:58.22 (6 h2)
Santiago EstevaPedro BalcellsMario LloretJorge Comas
10Puerto RicoPUR3:58.62 (4 h1)
Carlos BerrocalCarlos NazarioJohn DalyFernando Canales
11SwedenSWE3:58.82 (5 h1)
Mikael BrandénAnders NorlingBengt GingsjöDan LarssonPär Arvidsson (DNS)
12MexicoMEX4:02.69 (6 h1)
Ignacio ÁlvarezGustavo LozanoJosé Luis PradoGuillermo García
13VenezuelaVEN4:05.07 (7 h2)
Ramón VolcánGlen SochaskyLuis GoicoecheaAndrés Arraez
14PortugalPOR4:20.84 (8 h2)
Paulo FrischknechtHenrique VicêncioJosé Gomes PereiraAntónio Botelho de Melo
DNSChinese TaipeiTPE
William ChaoHsu Tung-HsiungLee C. ChengWang C. Chun

Round One (22 July 1976 — 11:30)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeExchange (Pos)
14CanadaCAN3:50.61Q
Steve Pickell58.2558.25 (3)
Graham Smith1:04.452:02.70 (1)
Bruce Robertson55.832:58.53 (1)
Gary MacDonald52.083:50.61 (1)
25Great BritainGBR3:52.35Q
Gary Abraham1:00.241:00.24 (4)
Duncan Goodhew1:03.792:04.03 (2)
John Mills55.852:59.88 (2)
Kevin Burns52.473:52.35 (2)
33AustraliaAUS3:53.98Q
Mark Kerry58.2058.20 (1)
Paul Jarvie1:06.272:04.47 (3)
Neil Rogers56.313:00.78 (3)
Peter Coughlan53.203:53.98 (3)
42Puerto RicoPUR3:58.62
Carlos Berrocal58.2258.22 (2)
Carlos Nazario1:08.522:06.74 (4)
John Daly57.313:04.05 (4)
Fernando Canales54.573:58.62 (4)
56SwedenSWE3:58.82
Mikael Brandén1:00.821:00.82 (6)
Anders Norling1:06.612:07.43 (5)
Bengt Gingsjö58.763:06.19 (5)
Dan Larsson52.633:58.82 (5)
67MexicoMEX4:02.69
Ignacio Álvarez1:00.691:00.69 (5)
Gustavo Lozano1:08.722:09.41 (6)
José Luis Prado58.673:08.08 (6)
Guillermo García54.614:02.69 (6)

Heat Two

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeExchange (Pos)
14United StatesUSA3:47.28QWR
Peter Rocca57.9457.94 (1)
Chris Woo1:04.462:02.40 (1)
Joe Bottom54.272:56.67 (1)
Jack Babashoff50.613:47.28 (1)
25West GermanyFRG3:51.57Q
Klaus Steinbach58.5558.55 (2)
Peter Lang1:04.822:03.37 (2)
Michael Kraus55.732:59.10 (2)
Dirk Braunleder52.473:51.57 (2)
33Soviet UnionURS3:53.64Q
Igor Omelchenk'o58.8958.89 (3)
Nikolay Pankin1:05.332:04.22 (3)
Yevgeny Seredin56.663:00.88 (3)
Andrey Bogdanov52.763:53.64 (3)
42JapanJPN3:56.18Q
Tadashi Honda1:01.071:01.07 (6)
Nobutaka Taguchi1:04.752:05.82 (4)
Hideaki Hara56.533:02.35 (4)
Tsuyoshi Yanagidate53.833:56.18 (4)
56ItalyITA3:57.30Q
Enrico Bisso1:01.391:01.39 (7)
Giorgio Lalle1:05.842:07.23 (5)
Paolo Barelli58.303:05.53 (6)
Marcello Guarducci51.773:57.30 (5)
67SpainESP3:58.22
Santiago Esteva1:00.031:00.03 (4)
Pedro Balcells1:07.802:07.83 (6)
Mario Lloret57.393:05.22 (5)
Jorge Comas53.003:58.22 (6)
71VenezuelaVEN4:05.07
Ramón Volcán1:01.031:01.03 (5)
Glen Sochasky1:09.672:10.70 (7)
Luis Goicoechea58.503:09.20 (7)
Andrés Arraez55.874:05.07 (7)
88PortugalPOR4:20.84
Paulo Frischknecht1:06.801:06.80 (8)
Henrique Vicêncio1:15.072:21.87 (8)
José Gomes Pereira1:03.873:25.74 (8)
António Botelho de Melo55.104:20.84 (8)

Final (22 July 1976 — 20:00)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeExchange (Pos)
14United StatesUSA3:42.22WR
John Naber55.8955.89 (1)
John Hencken1:02.501:58.39 (1)
Matt Vogel54.262:52.65 (1)
Jim Montgomery49.573:42.22 (1)
25CanadaCAN3:45.94
Steve Pickell57.5857.58 (2)
Graham Smith1:02.592:00.17 (2)
Clay Evans54.432:54.60 (2)
Gary MacDonald51.343:45.94 (2)
33West GermanyFRG3:47.29
Klaus Steinbach57.8257.82 (3)
Walter Kusch1:03.742:01.56 (3)
Michael Kraus55.382:56.94 (3)
Peter Nocke50.353:47.29 (3)
46Great BritainGBR3:49.56
Jim Carter59.6059.60 (6)
David Wilkie1:02.812:02.41 (4)
John Mills55.702:58.11 (4)
Brian Brinkley51.453:49.56 (4)
52Soviet UnionURS3:49.90
Igor Omelchenk'o59.1059.10 (5)
Arvydas Juozaitis1:04.412:03.51 (5)
Yevgeny Seredin56.192:59.70 (6)
Andrey Krylov50.203:49.90 (5)
67AustraliaAUS3:51.54
Mark Kerry57.9457.94 (4)
Paul Jarvie1:05.702:03.64 (6)
Neil Rogers55.502:59.14 (5)
Peter Coughlan52.403:51.54 (6)
78ItalyITA3:52.92
Enrico Bisso1:00.251:00.25 (7)
Giorgio Lalle1:04.332:04.58 (7)
Paolo Barelli1:06.383:10.96 (8)
Marcello Guarducci51.963:52.92 (7)
81JapanJPN3:54.74
Tadashi Honda1:01.281:01.28 (8)
Nobutaka Taguchi1:04.152:05.43 (8)
Hideaki Hara55.703:10.13 (7)
Tsuyoshi Yanagidate53.613:54.74 (8)