|
| Event type

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 Bowen 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 Chalmer’s anchor of 46.44 was the fastest split in the event and brought them the bronze medal.

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeExchange (Pos)
1United StatesUSAGold
Caeleb Dressel– (–)
Blake Pieroni– (–)
Bowe Becker– (–)
Zach Apple– (–)
Brooks Curry– (–)
2ItalyITASilver
Alessandro Miressi– (–)
Thomas Ceccon– (–)
Lorenzo Zazzeri– (–)
Manuel Frigo– (–)
Santo Condorelli– (–)
3AustraliaAUSBronze
Matthew Temple– (–)
Zac Incerti– (–)
Alex Graham– (–)
Kyle Chalmers– (–)
Cameron McEvoy– (–)
4CanadaCAN
Brent Hayden– (–)
Joshua Liendo– (–)
Yuri Kisil– (–)
Markus Thormeyer– (–)
Ruslan Gaziev– (–)
5HungaryHUN
Kristóf Milák– (–)
Szebasztián Szabó– (–)
Richárd Bohus– (–)
Nándor Németh– (–)
6FranceFRA
Maxime Grousset– (–)
Florent Manaudou– (–)
Clément Mignon– (–)
Mehdy Metella– (–)
Charles Rihoux– (–)
7Russian Olympic CommitteeROC
Andrey Minakov– (–)
Vladislav Grinev– (–)
Vladimir Morozov– (–)
Kliment Kolesnikov– (–)
Aleksandr Shchogolev– (–)
8BrazilBRA
Breno Correia– (–)
Pedro Spajari– (–)
Gabriel Santos– (–)
Marcelo Chierighini– (–)
9Great BritainGBR
Matt Richards– (–)
James Guy– (–)
Joe Litchfield– (–)
Jacob Whittle– (–)
10SerbiaSRB
Velimir Stjepanović– (–)
Andrej Barna– (–)
Uroš Nikolić– (–)
Nikola Aćin– (–)
11PolandPOL
Karol Ostrowski– (–)
Kacper Majchrzak– (–)
Konrad Czerniak– (–)
Jakub Kraska– (–)
12NetherlandsNED
Nyls Korstanje– (–)
Stan Pijnenburg– (–)
Thom de Boer– (–)
Jesse Puts– (–)
13JapanJPN
Katsumi Nakamura– (–)
Shinri Shioura– (–)
Akira Namba– (–)
Kaiya Seki– (–)
14SwitzerlandSUI
Roman Mityukov– (–)
Nils Liess– (–)
Noè Ponti– (–)
Antonio Djakovic– (–)
15GreeceGRE
Andreas Vazaios– (–)
Kristian Golomeev– (–)
Odysseus Meladinis– (–)
Apostolos Khristou– (–)
16GermanyGER
Damian Wierling– (–)
Marius Kusch– (–)
Christoph Fildebrandt– (–)
Jan Eric Friese– (–)