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4 x 100 metres Medley Relay, Men

Date15 – 17 August 2008
StatusOlympic
LocationBeijing Guojia Youyong Zhongxin, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants75 from 16 countries
Olympic Record 3:30.68 WR / United States USA / 21 August 2004

With seven Olympic titles already in his locker, Michael Phelps would have been forgiven if he had suggested that the hardest part of his attempted eight gold medal sweep was already over. After all the US had, barring the 1980 boycott, never failed to win the medley relay since its’ introduction in 1960.

Backstroke champion Aaron Peirsol led the Americans out to a lead on the opening leg of the final but Japan and Australia came back at them in the breaststroke leg. It was time for Phelps to earn his glory and put America back in front and that is exactly what happened. As the final freestyle leg got underway the US held a healthy but not conclusive lead over Japan with Australia back in third. Though individual 100 m freestyle champion Eamon Sullivan attempted to pull back the Americans it was not enough to make a difference as the USA broke yet another world record. Phelps’ eighth gold medal of the 2008 Games was an absolute Olympic record breaking Mark Spitz’s record of seven in 1972.

PosSwimmerNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA3:32.75 (1 h2)3:29.34 (1)Gold
Aaron PeirsolBrendan HansenMichael PhelpsJason LezakMatt GreversMark GangloffIan CrockerGarrett Weber-Gale
2AustraliaAUS3:32.76 (1 h1)3:30.04 (2)Silver
Hayden StoeckelBrenton RickardAndrew LautersteinEamon SullivanAsh DelaneyChristian SprengerAdam PineMatt Targett
3JapanJPN3:32.81 (2 h1)3:31.18 (3)Bronze
Junichi MiyashitaKosuke KitajimaTakuro FujiiHisayoshi Sato
4Russian FederationRUS3:33.59 (2 h2)3:31.92 (4)
Arkady VyachaninRoman SludnovYevgeny KorotyshkinYevgeny LagunovNikolay SkvortsovAndrey Grechin
5New ZealandNZL3:34.09 (3 h2)3:33.39 (5)
Daniel BellGlenn SnydersCorney SwanepoelCam Gibson
6Great BritainGBR3:33.83 (3 h1)3:33.69 (6)
Liam TancockChris CookMichael RockSimon Burnett
7South AfricaRSA3:34.16 (4 h2)3:33.70 (7)
Gerhard ZandbergCameron van der BurghLyndon FernsDarian Townsend
ACItalyITA3:34.32 (5 h2)– (AC)DQ
Mirco Di ToraLoris FacciMattia NalessoFilippo MagniniAlessandro Terrin
9FranceFRA3:34.78 (6 h2)
Benjamin StasiulisHugues DuboscqChristophe LebonFabien Gilot
10CanadaCAN3:35.56 (7 h2)
Jake TappMike BrownJoe BartochBrent Hayden
11SwedenSWE3:35.83 (4 h1)
Simon SjödinJonas AnderssonLars FrölanderJonas Persson
12CroatiaCRO3:37.69 (8 h2)
Gordan KožuljVanja RoguljMario TodorovićDuje Draganja
13RomaniaROU3:38.00 (5 h1)
Răzvan FloreaValentin PredaȘtefan GherghelNorbert Trandafir
14BrazilBRA3:38.66 (6 h1)
Guilherme GuidoFelipe França Kaio MárcioNicolas Oliveira
15UkraineUKR3:38.76 (7 h1)
Oleksandr IsakovValeriy DymoSerhiy BreusYuriy Yehoshyn
16BelarusBLR3:39.39 (8 h1)
Paval SankovichViktar VabishchevichYevgeni LazukaStanislau Neviarouski

Round One (15 August 2008)

Fastest eight teams advanced to final

Heat One (20:47)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14AustraliaAUS3:32.76Q
Ash Delaney26.0953.740.5253.74 (1)
Christian Sprenger27.5159.950.201:53.69 (2)
Adam Pine23.9251.660.072:45.35 (2)
Matt Targett22.0947.410.203:32.76 (1)
25JapanJPN3:32.81Q
Junichi Miyashita26.1454.290.6254.29 (2)
Kosuke Kitajima27.6258.790.131:53.08 (1)
Takuro Fujii24.1050.860.242:43.94 (1)
Hisayoshi Sato22.9248.870.073:32.81 (2)
36Great BritainGBR3:33.83Q
Liam Tancock26.3354.670.6254.67 (3)
Chris Cook27.6059.400.071:54.07 (3)
Michael Rock23.9051.990.152:46.06 (3)
Simon Burnett22.4147.770.133:33.83 (3)
42SwedenSWE3:35.83
Simon Sjödin27.0655.270.6255.27 (7)
Jonas Andersson27.961:01.220.291:56.49 (5)
Lars Frölander23.7251.130.262:47.62 (4)
Jonas Persson22.6648.210.023:35.83 (4)
51RomaniaROU3:38.00
Răzvan Florea26.7454.810.6554.81 (5)
Valentin Preda28.231:01.410.411:56.22 (4)
Ștefan Gherghel24.4152.440.262:48.66 (5)
Norbert Trandafir23.0449.340.033:38.00 (5)
63BrazilBRA3:38.66
Guilherme Guido26.1854.780.5154.78 (4)
Felipe França28.311:02.060.391:56.84 (6)
Kaio Márcio24.8453.310.182:50.15 (8)
Nicolas Oliveira23.2648.510.363:38.66 (6)
77UkraineUKR3:38.76
Oleksandr Isakov27.1356.660.7056.66 (8)
Valeriy Dymo27.911:00.610.141:57.27 (8)
Serhiy Breus23.4952.380.112:49.65 (7)
Yuriy Yehoshyn23.5149.110.363:38.76 (7)
88BelarusBLR3:39.39
Paval Sankovich26.3255.110.5955.11 (6)
Viktar Vabishchevich28.871:01.890.281:57.00 (7)
Yevgeni Lazuka23.8752.630.022:49.63 (6)
Stanislau Neviarouski23.7749.760.393:39.39 (8)

Heat Two (20:53)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14United StatesUSA3:32.75Q
Matt Grevers26.0653.590.6553.59 (1)
Mark Gangloff27.521:00.350.361:53.94 (3)
Ian Crocker23.6050.850.422:44.79 (1)
Garrett Weber-Gale23.0247.960.263:32.75 (1)
23Russian FederationRUS3:33.59Q
Arkady Vyachanin26.4253.860.8153.86 (2)
Roman Sludnov27.7459.630.171:53.49 (1)
Nikolay Skvortsov23.5251.620.222:45.11 (2)
Andrey Grechin22.3748.480.363:33.59 (2)
38New ZealandNZL3:34.09Q
Daniel Bell26.4254.520.5654.52 (5)
Glenn Snyders28.0459.460.221:53.98 (4)
Corney Swanepoel23.7852.120.172:46.10 (3)
Cam Gibson22.9047.990.053:34.09 (3)
46South AfricaRSA3:34.16Q
Gerhard Zandberg26.1754.190.6454.19 (4)
Cameron van der Burgh27.3459.680.271:53.87 (2)
Lyndon Ferns23.6752.330.222:46.20 (4)
Darian Townsend22.4147.960.233:34.16 (4)
57ItalyITA3:34.32Q
Mirco Di Tora25.8854.050.5554.05 (3)
Alessandro Terrin27.731:01.250.101:55.30 (6)
Mattia Nalesso23.3951.960.052:47.26 (6)
Filippo Magnini22.4247.060.003:34.32 (5)
61FranceFRA3:34.78
Benjamin Stasiulis26.7555.460.6155.46 (8)
Hugues Duboscq27.9059.290.211:54.75 (5)
Christophe Lebon24.0851.970.262:46.72 (5)
Fabien Gilot22.5348.060.313:34.78 (6)
75CanadaCAN3:35.56
Jake Tapp26.5555.160.6855.16 (7)
Mike Brown28.581:00.980.191:56.14 (7)
Joe Bartoch24.2852.580.272:48.72 (8)
Brent Hayden21.7346.840.143:35.56 (7)
82CroatiaCRO3:37.69
Gordan Kožulj26.4054.910.6054.91 (6)
Vanja Rogulj27.921:01.300.071:56.21 (8)
Mario Todorović23.4351.520.362:47.73 (7)
Duje Draganja22.9749.960.293:37.69 (8)

Final (17 August 2008 — 11:07)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14United StatesUSA3:29.34WR
Aaron Peirsol25.9253.160.6353.16 (1)
Brendan Hansen27.4759.270.261:52.43 (3)
Michael Phelps23.5250.150.252:42.58 (1)
Jason Lezak22.0446.760.263:29.34 (1)
25AustraliaAUS3:30.04
Hayden Stoeckel26.1853.800.6353.80 (3)
Brenton Rickard27.3958.560.041:52.36 (2)
Andrew Lauterstein23.5051.030.192:43.39 (3)
Eamon Sullivan21.9146.650.303:30.04 (2)
33JapanJPN3:31.18
Junichi Miyashita26.1053.870.6353.87 (4)
Kosuke Kitajima27.2458.070.231:51.94 (1)
Takuro Fujii23.9750.890.252:42.83 (2)
Hisayoshi Sato22.8748.350.053:31.18 (3)
46Russian FederationRUS3:31.92
Arkady Vyachanin26.3553.360.8253.36 (2)
Roman Sludnov27.6259.450.381:52.81 (4)
Yevgeny Korotyshkin23.3851.620.322:44.43 (4)
Yevgeny Lagunov22.3547.490.263:31.92 (4)
57New ZealandNZL3:33.39
Daniel Bell26.4654.740.5754.74 (8)
Glenn Snyders28.2759.870.331:54.61 (7)
Corney Swanepoel23.4251.780.092:46.39 (7)
Cam Gibson22.4747.000.143:33.39 (5)
62Great BritainGBR3:33.69
Liam Tancock26.0154.690.6054.69 (6)
Chris Cook27.7359.650.211:54.34 (6)
Michael Rock23.5852.020.082:46.36 (6)
Simon Burnett22.1747.330.113:33.69 (6)
71South AfricaRSA3:33.70
Gerhard Zandberg26.0854.690.7054.69 (6)
Cameron van der Burgh27.4159.400.201:54.09 (5)
Lyndon Ferns23.3751.390.172:45.48 (5)
Darian Townsend22.3448.220.203:33.70 (7)
AC8ItalyITADQ1
Mirco Di Tora25.9854.520.6054.52 (5)
Loris Facci28.491:00.550.261:55.07 (8)
Mattia Nalesso23.7052.260.102:47.33 (8)
Filippo Magnini-0.04– (AC)