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4 x 100 metres Medley Relay, Men

Date30 July – 1 August 2021
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympic Aquatics Centre, 2-1, 2chome, Tatsumi, Koto-ku, Tatsumi-no-Mori Seaside Park, Tokyo, Japan
Participants74 from 16 countries

Great Britain had won this event at the 2019 World Championships and were favored, especially as they had the men’s most dominant stroke swimmer in breaststroker Adam Peaty. They qualified easily, finishing second behind the surprising Italians, with the United States, always strong in relays, qualifying only seventh, which led to concern in American swimming circles that they would fall of the podium, which they had done earlier in the 4 x 200 free relay.

In the final Ryan Murphy opened the backstroke leg for the USA and put them in the lead, but Peaty was swimming the second leg for Great Britain and put them into the lead, as the USA dropped to third, also behind Italy. On the third leg Caeleb Dressel had the event’s fastest butterfly leg, putting the USA back into the lead as Britain’s James Guy could not match his pace and they dropped to second.

The anchor swimmer for the USA was Zach Apple, who had been criticized for a weak leg in the previous 4x2 relay, but he had swum that after a 100 metre freestyle semi-final. Here he redeemed himself with the fastest leg of the competition, narrowly ahead of Australia’s Kyle Chalmers (46.95 – 46.96). Apple’s anchor brought the Americans home for gold, winning in 3:26.78, taking more than a second off the world record they had set at Rio in 2016.

Behind the Americans, Great Britain held on comfortably for silver, with Italy edging out the Russian Olympic Committee team for the bronze medal. For Caeleb Dressel, this was his fifth gold medal of the 2020 Olympics, the dominant male swimming performance at Tokyo.

PosSwimmerNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA3:32.29 (4 h1)3:26.78 (1)Gold
Ryan MurphyMichael AndrewCaeleb DresselZach AppleHunter ArmstrongAndrew WilsonTom ShieldsBlake Pieroni
2Great BritainGBR3:31.47 (1 h2)3:27.51 (2)Silver
Luke GreenbankAdam PeatyJames GuyDuncan ScottJames Wilby
3ItalyITA3:30.02 (1 h1)3:29.17 (3)Bronze
Thomas CecconNicolò MartinenghiFederico BurdissoAlessandro Miressi
4ROCROC3:31.66 (2 h2)3:29.22 (4)
Yevgeny RylovKirill PrigodaAndrey MinakovKliment KolesnikovGrigory TarasevichAnton ChupkovMikhail VekovishchevVladislav Grinev
5AustraliaAUS3:32.08 (3 h1)3:29.60 (5)
Mitch LarkinZac Stubblety-CookMatthew TempleKyle ChalmersDavid Morgan
6JapanJPN3:32.02 (3 h2)3:29.91 (6)
Ryosuke IrieRyuya MuraNaoki MizunumaKatsumi Nakamura
7CanadaCAN3:32.37 (5 h1)3:32.42 (7)
Markus ThormeyerGabe MastromatteoJoshua LiendoYuri Kisil
8People's Republic of ChinaCHN3:31.72 (2 h1)– (DQ)
Xu JiayuYan ZibeiSun JiajunHe Junyi
9PolandPOL3:32.62 (6 h1)
Kacper StokowskiJan KozakiewiczJakub MajerskiJakub Kraska
10FranceFRA3:33.41 (4 h2)
Yohann N'Doye BrouardAntoine ViqueratLéon MarchandMehdy Metella
11GermanyGER3:34.08 (5 h2)
Marek UlrichLucas MatzerathMarius KuschDamian Wierling
12BelarusBLR3:34.82 (7 h1)
Mikita TsmyhIlia ShymanovichYauhen TsurkinArtsiom Machekin
13HungaryHUN3:34.91 (8 h1)
Richárd BohusTamás TakácsHubert KósPéter Holoda
14GreeceGRE3:36.28 (6 h2)
Eyaggelos MakrygiannisKonstantinos MeretsoliasAndreas VazaiosApostolos Khristou
DQBrazilBRA– (DQ h2)
Guilherme GuidoFelipe LimaVinícius LanzaMarcelo Chierighini
DQLithuaniaLTU– (DQ h2)
Danas RapšysAndrius ŠidlauskasDeividas MargevičiusSimonas Bilis

Round One (30 July 2021 — 21:50)

PosLaneTeamNOCTime
15ItalyITA3:30.02Q
Thomas CecconNicolò MartinenghiFederico BurdissoAlessandro Miressi
24Great BritainGBR3:31.47Q
Luke GreenbankJames WilbyJames GuyDuncan Scott
35ROCROC3:31.66Q
Grigory TarasevichAnton ChupkovMikhail VekovishchevVladislav Grinev
46People's Republic of ChinaCHN3:31.72Q
Xu JiayuYan ZibeiSun JiajunHe Junyi
53JapanJPN3:32.02Q
Ryosuke IrieRyuya MuraNaoki MizunumaKatsumi Nakamura
63AustraliaAUS3:32.08Q
Mitch LarkinZac Stubblety-CookDavid MorganKyle Chalmers
74United StatesUSA3:32.29Q
Hunter ArmstrongAndrew WilsonTom ShieldsBlake Pieroni
81CanadaCAN3:32.37Q
Markus ThormeyerGabe MastromatteoJoshua LiendoYuri Kisil
92PolandPOL3:32.62
Kacper StokowskiJan KozakiewiczJakub MajerskiJakub Kraska
102FranceFRA3:33.41
Yohann N'Doye BrouardAntoine ViqueratLéon MarchandMehdy Metella
117GermanyGER3:34.08
Marek UlrichLucas MatzerathMarius KuschDamian Wierling
127BelarusBLR3:34.82
Mikita TsmyhIlia ShymanovichYauhen TsurkinArtsiom Machekin
138HungaryHUN3:34.91
Richárd BohusTamás TakácsHubert KósPéter Holoda
141GreeceGRE3:36.28
Eyaggelos MakrygiannisKonstantinos MeretsoliasAndreas VazaiosApostolos Khristou
DQ6BrazilBRA
Guilherme GuidoFelipe LimaVinícius LanzaMarcelo Chierighini
DQ8LithuaniaLTU
Danas RapšysAndrius ŠidlauskasDeividas MargevičiusSimonas Bilis

Heat One (21:50)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
15ItalyITA3:30.02Q
Thomas Ceccon25.760.6353.20 (2)
Nicolò Martinenghi27.130.031:51.14 (=1)
Federico Burdisso23.800.292:42.60 (1)
Alessandro Miressi22.700.453:30.02 (1)
26People's Republic of ChinaCHN3:31.72Q
Xu Jiayu25.420.5452.82 (1)
Yan Zibei27.220.251:51.14 (=1)
Sun Jiajun23.690.372:42.95 (2)
He Junyi23.200.493:31.72 (2)
33AustraliaAUS3:32.08Q
Mitch Larkin25.880.6153.46 (3)
Zac Stubblety-Cook27.730.181:52.57 (3)
David Morgan24.210.182:44.54 (4)
Kyle Chalmers22.730.363:32.08 (3)
44United StatesUSA3:32.29Q
Hunter Armstrong25.700.6253.51 (=4)
Andrew Wilson27.820.311:52.71 (4)
Tom Shields23.460.222:44.04 (3)
Blake Pieroni22.860.363:32.29 (4)
51CanadaCAN3:32.37Q
Markus Thormeyer25.960.6553.66 (6)
Gabe Mastromatteo27.330.311:53.63 (5)
Joshua Liendo23.460.032:44.55 (5)
Yuri Kisil22.700.083:32.37 (5)
62PolandPOL3:32.62
Kacper Stokowski26.150.5754.67 (7)
Jan Kozakiewicz27.610.261:53.91 (7)
Jakub Majerski23.350.192:44.57 (6)
Jakub Kraska22.800.183:32.62 (6)
77BelarusBLR3:34.82
Mikita Tsmyh26.220.6255.50 (8)
Ilia Shymanovich26.39-0.011:53.70 (6)
Yauhen Tsurkin24.090.352:46.08 (8)
Artsiom Machekin23.010.143:34.82 (7)
88HungaryHUN3:34.91
Richárd Bohus25.690.5453.51 (=4)
Tamás Takács27.880.181:54.08 (8)
Hubert Kós23.770.072:46.02 (7)
Péter Holoda22.530.143:34.91 (8)

Heat Two (22:00)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14Great BritainGBR3:31.47Q
Luke Greenbank26.200.6053.79 (4)
James Wilby27.010.221:52.95 (4)
James Guy23.700.322:43.72 (1)
Duncan Scott22.750.243:31.47 (1)
25ROCROC3:31.66Q
Grigory Tarasevich25.830.5353.20 (=2)
Anton Chupkov28.090.381:52.75 (2)
Mikhail Vekovishchev23.570.262:43.95 (2)
Vladislav Grinev22.420.233:31.66 (2)
33JapanJPN3:32.02Q
Ryosuke Irie25.770.5253.20 (=2)
Ryuya Mura28.310.121:52.82 (3)
Naoki Mizunuma23.710.282:44.24 (3)
Katsumi Nakamura22.610.193:32.02 (3)
42FranceFRA3:33.41
Yohann N'Doye Brouard25.500.5852.77 (1)
Antoine Viquerat27.59-0.011:52.71 (1)
Léon Marchand23.850.212:44.76 (4)
Mehdy Metella22.930.233:33.41 (4)
57GermanyGER3:34.08
Marek Ulrich26.120.6154.52 (7)
Lucas Matzerath27.340.241:53.22 (5)
Marius Kusch23.970.332:45.60 (6)
Damian Wierling23.190.143:34.08 (5)
61GreeceGRE3:36.28
Eyaggelos Makrygiannis26.080.6154.07 (5)
Konstantinos Meretsolias27.880.451:54.69 (8)
Andreas Vazaios24.590.292:48.05 (8)
Apostolos Khristou22.420.203:36.28 (6)
DQ6BrazilBRA
Guilherme Guido25.870.6154.11 (6)
Felipe Lima27.35-0.081:53.36 (6)
Vinícius Lanza[23.98][2:45.00] (5)
Marcelo Chierighini[21.87][3:32.29] (7)
DQ8LithuaniaLTU
Danas Rapšys26.610.5954.71 (8)
Andrius Šidlauskas27.05-0.081:54.06 (7)
Deividas Margevičius[23.72][2:45.85] (7)
Simonas Bilis[22.75][3:34.34] (8)

Final (1 August 2021 — 11:36)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
11United StatesUSA3:26.78WR
Ryan Murphy25.210.5052.31 (1)
Michael Andrew26.690.181:50.80 (3)
Caeleb Dressel22.680.232:39.83 (1)
Zach Apple21.940.043:26.78 (1)
25Great BritainGBR3:27.51
Luke Greenbank25.880.5753.63 (7)
Adam Peaty26.010.261:50.16 (1)
James Guy23.250.292:40.43 (2)
Duncan Scott22.480.293:27.51 (2)
34ItalyITA3:29.17
Thomas Ceccon25.810.6252.52 (2)
Nicolò Martinenghi27.240.151:50.63 (2)
Federico Burdisso23.700.352:41.70 (3)
Alessandro Miressi22.350.373:29.17 (3)
43ROCROC3:29.22
Yevgeny Rylov25.680.5352.82 (4)
Kirill Prigoda27.090.111:51.88 (6)
Andrey Minakov23.290.252:42.19 (4)
Kliment Kolesnikov22.230.313:29.22 (4)
57AustraliaAUS3:29.60
Mitch Larkin26.060.5753.19 (6)
Zac Stubblety-Cook27.750.331:51.86 (5)
Matthew Temple23.450.292:42.64 (5)
Kyle Chalmers22.560.313:29.60 (5)
62JapanJPN3:29.91
Ryosuke Irie25.690.5653.05 (5)
Ryuya Mura27.790.031:51.99 (7)
Naoki Mizunuma23.540.232:42.87 (6)
Katsumi Nakamura22.190.173:29.91 (6)
78CanadaCAN3:32.42
Markus Thormeyer26.210.6553.69 (8)
Gabe Mastromatteo27.530.271:53.36 (8)
Joshua Liendo23.490.092:44.38 (7)
Yuri Kisil22.990.063:32.42 (7)
DQ6People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Xu Jiayu25.400.5652.77 (3)
Yan Zibei27.310.291:51.12 (4)
Sun Jiajun[23.54]0.32[2:42.88] (–)
He Junyi[23.15][3:30.59] (–)