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4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men

Date12 – 13 August 2008
StatusOlympic
LocationBeijing Guojia Youyong Zhongxin, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants73 from 16 countries
Olympic Record 7:07.05 WR / Australia AUS / 19 September 2000

Realistically the question was not which team would win this race but what would be the winning margin of the American team and how much time would they shave off the world record? Michael Phelps started the record chase by posting the second fastest time in history on the opening leg of the final and then cheered on teammates Ryan Lochte, Ricky Berens, and Peter Vanderkaay as the American smashed through the seven-minute barrier and finished in 6:58.56, fully five seconds inside the record set at the 2007 World Championships, and winning by over five seconds. Behind the US team, Canada, Australia and Russia took turns in second place before the Russians pulled away in the closing stages. Australia held on the bronze ahead of the fast finishing Italian team. Of the four Americans who raced and won the 2004 Olympic final only Klete Keller did not swim in the final this time around although he did compete in the heats.

PosSwimmerNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA7:04.66 (1 h2)6:58.56 (1)Gold
Michael PhelpsRyan LochteRicky BerensPeter VanderkaayDave WaltersErik VendtKlete Keller
2Russian FederationRUS7:07.86 (2 h1)7:03.70 (2)Silver
Nikita LobintsevYevgeny LagunovDan IzotovAleksandr SukhorukovMikhail Polishchuk
3AustraliaAUS7:08.41 (3 h2)7:04.98 (3)Bronze
Patrick MurphyGrant HackettGrant BritsNick FfrostKirk PalmerLeith Brodie
4ItalyITA7:07.84 (1 h1)7:05.35 (4)
Marco BelottiEmiliano BrembillaMassi RosolinoFilippo MagniniNicola Cassio
5CanadaCAN7:08.04 (3 h1)7:05.77 (5)
Colin RussellBrian JohnsBrent HaydenAndrew HurdRick SayAdam Sioui
6Great BritainGBR7:07.89 (2 h2)7:05.92 (6)
David CarryAndrew HunterRobbie RenwickRoss Davenport
7JapanJPN7:09.12 (4 h1)7:10.31 (7)
Yoshihiro OkumuraSho UchidaYasunori MononobeHisato Matsumoto
8South AfricaRSA7:10.91 (4 h2)7:13.02 (8)
Jean BassonDarian TownsendJan VenterSebastien Rousseau
9AustriaAUT7:11.45 (5 h2)
Dominik KollDavid BrandlFlorian JanistynMarkus Rogan
10People's Republic of ChinaCHN7:13.57 (5 h1)
Zhang LinZhang EnjianSun YangShi Haoran
11FranceFRA7:13.57 (6 h1)
Clément LefertSébastien BodetMatthieu MadelaineAmaury Leveaux
12GermanyGER7:13.92 (7 h1)
Paul BiedermannBenjamin StarkeChristian KubuschStefan Herbst
13HungaryHUN7:14.14 (6 h2)
Gergő KisTamás KerékjártóDominik KozmaNorbert Kovács
14PolandPOL7:18.09 (7 h2)
Łukasz GąsiorŁukasz WójtMichał RokickiPrzemysław Stańczyk
15GreeceGRE7:18.26 (8 h2)
Andreas ZisimosNikos XylourisGiannis GiannoulisVasilis Demetis
16BrazilBRA7:19.54 (8 h1)
Nicolas OliveiraRodrigo CastroPhillip MorrisonLucas Salatta

Round One (12 August 2008)

Fastest eight teams advanced to final

Heat One (19:55)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 m100 m150 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14ItalyITA7:07.84Q
Nicola Cassio25.7352.971:20.791:48.760.841:48.76 (7)
Marco Belotti24.1451.231:18.261:45.820.313:34.58 (2)
Emiliano Brembilla25.2352.011:19.181:46.460.375:21.04 (1)
Massi Rosolino25.1651.961:19.251:46.800.477:07.84 (1)
26Russian FederationRUS7:07.86Q
Mikhail Polishchuk25.2352.531:20.741:48.540.771:48.54 (6)
Dan Izotov24.9652.371:19.831:47.240.333:35.78 (5)
Nikita Lobintsev24.3651.591:19.121:46.840.415:22.62 (4)
Aleksandr Sukhorukov24.6051.371:18.381:45.240.267:07.86 (2)
35CanadaCAN7:08.04Q
Brian Johns25.3952.621:20.451:47.440.811:47.44 (3)
Rick Say24.2551.371:19.581:47.240.093:34.68 (3)
Adam Sioui24.1951.121:19.061:47.050.275:21.73 (3)
Andrew Hurd24.9751.831:19.251:46.310.357:08.04 (3)
47JapanJPN7:09.12Q
Yoshihiro Okumura25.6952.901:20.131:47.190.761:47.19 (2)
Sho Uchida24.9952.231:19.551:46.590.163:33.78 (1)
Yasunori Mononobe24.6952.231:20.041:47.290.055:21.07 (2)
Hisato Matsumoto24.4351.371:19.041:48.050.177:09.12 (4)
52People's Republic of ChinaCHN7:13.57
Zhang Lin25.2052.281:19.561:46.130.731:46.13 (1)
Zhang Enjian25.0052.831:20.831:49.310.183:35.44 (4)
Sun Yang25.3653.351:21.571:48.730.085:24.17 (5)
Shi Haoran25.7153.151:21.301:49.400.437:13.57 (5)
68FranceFRA7:13.57
Clément Lefert25.5552.531:20.111:48.340.831:48.34 (5)
Sébastien Bodet24.5451.751:19.701:49.470.113:37.81 (8)
Matthieu Madelaine24.5151.851:20.471:49.870.105:27.68 (8)
Amaury Leveaux24.2250.961:18.651:45.890.007:13.57 (5)
71GermanyGER7:13.92
Paul Biedermann25.4552.821:20.231:47.480.881:47.48 (4)
Benjamin Starke24.3051.941:20.211:48.510.163:35.99 (6)
Christian Kubusch25.7253.501:21.871:49.280.275:25.27 (6)
Stefan Herbst24.6452.161:20.731:48.650.377:13.92 (7)
83BrazilBRA7:19.54
Nicolas Oliveira25.4252.991:21.181:49.490.751:49.49 (8)
Rodrigo Castro24.7551.691:19.541:48.310.323:37.80 (7)
Phillip Morrison25.1352.641:20.771:49.350.355:27.15 (7)
Lucas Salatta24.8552.981:22.281:52.390.167:19.54 (8)

Heat Two (20:05)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 m100 m150 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14United StatesUSA7:04.66QOR
Dave Walters24.7351.181:18.631:46.570.771:46.57 (3)
Ricky Berens24.4051.471:18.641:45.470.423:32.04 (1)
Erik Vendt25.3853.051:20.731:47.110.415:19.15 (1)
Klete Keller24.7451.281:18.221:45.510.387:04.66 (1)
23Great BritainGBR7:07.89Q
David Carry25.3652.061:19.391:46.470.791:46.47 (2)
Andrew Hunter24.6351.731:19.591:46.880.413:33.35 (3)
Ross Davenport24.8752.221:20.051:47.150.375:20.50 (3)
Robbie Renwick24.4051.641:19.581:47.390.317:07.89 (2)
35AustraliaAUS7:08.41Q
Nick Ffrost25.5152.711:20.271:47.470.661:47.47 (5)
Grant Brits24.1051.401:19.141:46.840.103:34.31 (5)
Kirk Palmer24.5251.551:19.611:47.020.415:21.33 (4)
Leith Brodie24.4951.891:19.481:47.080.287:08.41 (3)
42South AfricaRSA7:10.91Q
Jean Basson25.2952.031:18.971:45.990.691:45.99 (1)
Darian Townsend23.8550.591:17.921:46.140.253:32.13 (2)
Jan Venter25.4353.481:21.281:48.32-0.025:20.45 (2)
Sebastien Rousseau25.0252.661:21.411:50.460.387:10.91 (4)
56AustriaAUT7:11.45
Dominik Koll25.4552.391:19.851:47.720.801:47.72 (6)
David Brandl24.9451.841:19.291:46.450.513:34.17 (4)
Florian Janistyn25.2152.351:21.011:50.480.155:24.65 (5)
Markus Rogan24.3351.471:19.041:46.800.027:11.45 (5)
61HungaryHUN7:14.14
Gergő Kis25.9353.041:20.061:47.390.801:47.39 (4)
Tamás Kerékjártó25.0552.371:20.701:49.090.303:36.48 (6)
Dominik Kozma24.6752.201:20.451:49.260.085:25.74 (6)
Norbert Kovács25.0152.461:20.531:48.400.387:14.14 (6)
77PolandPOL7:18.09
Łukasz Gąsior25.3052.951:21.331:49.430.751:49.43 (8)
Łukasz Wójt24.6652.331:19.991:48.540.133:37.97 (7)
Michał Rokicki26.4754.381:23.071:51.140.245:29.11 (8)
Przemysław Stańczyk25.4253.071:20.801:48.980.117:18.09 (7)
88GreeceGRE7:18.26
Andreas Zisimos25.4052.991:20.891:49.050.771:49.05 (7)
Nikos Xylouris25.2552.911:21.001:49.530.303:38.58 (8)
Giannis Giannoulis25.4953.031:20.751:48.960.395:27.54 (7)
Vasilis Demetis25.2453.641:22.491:50.720.177:18.26 (8)

Final (13 August 2008 — 11:22)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 m100 m150 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14United StatesUSA6:58.56WR
Michael Phelps24.2550.481:17.091:43.310.721:43.31 (1)
Ryan Lochte23.7050.281:17.331:44.280.343:27.59 (1)
Ricky Berens24.5351.701:19.291:46.290.415:13.88 (1)
Peter Vanderkaay24.1350.951:18.281:44.680.366:58.56 (1)
23Russian FederationRUS7:03.70
Nikita Lobintsev24.9051.591:18.971:46.640.811:46.64 (4)
Yevgeny Lagunov23.0949.601:17.931:46.560.243:33.20 (3)
Dan Izotov23.8350.611:18.271:45.850.205:19.05 (4)
Aleksandr Sukhorukov24.3550.831:17.711:44.650.247:03.70 (2)
37AustraliaAUS7:04.98
Patrick Murphy25.1051.741:18.911:45.950.791:45.95 (2)
Grant Hackett24.5251.451:18.751:45.870.283:31.82 (2)
Grant Brits24.0951.511:19.411:47.130.125:18.95 (3)
Nick Ffrost24.4751.851:19.221:46.030.107:04.98 (3)
45ItalyITA7:05.35
Marco Belotti25.1852.651:20.071:47.370.761:47.37 (8)
Emiliano Brembilla25.9053.201:20.601:47.330.473:34.70 (8)
Massi Rosolino24.9952.091:19.431:46.530.295:21.23 (6)
Filippo Magnini23.0750.401:17.781:44.120.097:05.35 (4)
52CanadaCAN7:05.77
Colin Russell24.8851.741:19.231:46.890.741:46.89 (7)
Brian Johns24.5651.841:19.951:47.610.093:34.50 (7)
Brent Hayden23.3449.871:17.231:44.420.215:18.92 (2)
Andrew Hurd24.9652.091:19.581:46.850.267:05.77 (5)
66Great BritainGBR7:05.92
David Carry25.3252.211:19.671:46.780.761:46.78 (6)
Andrew Hunter24.7652.041:19.741:46.730.193:33.51 (4)
Robbie Renwick23.8750.741:18.031:46.160.315:19.67 (5)
Ross Davenport24.1350.971:18.631:46.250.227:05.92 (6)
71JapanJPN7:10.31
Yoshihiro Okumura25.6152.481:19.511:46.610.711:46.61 (3)
Sho Uchida25.1452.441:20.231:47.360.323:33.97 (6)
Yasunori Mononobe24.8452.421:20.541:47.720.145:21.69 (7)
Hisato Matsumoto24.8352.341:20.421:48.620.087:10.31 (7)
88South AfricaRSA7:13.02
Jean Basson25.1851.741:18.751:46.670.711:46.67 (5)
Darian Townsend24.1051.201:18.611:47.240.213:33.91 (5)
Jan Venter25.2853.251:21.741:49.560.255:23.47 (8)
Sebastien Rousseau25.3753.571:21.561:49.550.277:13.02 (8)