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4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men

Date31 July 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationLondon Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants73 from 16 countries
Olympic Record 6:58.56 WR / United States USA / 13 August 2008

With Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte leading the US team, this event was virtually conceded to the Americans. That was accurate. Lochte opened the final for the US and led by a full second at 200 metres as Conor Dwyer took over. Dwyer and Ricky Berens extended the US lead, and with Phelps on anchor the race was over. He came home in the fastest split of the night with 1:44.05 to bring the USA a gold medal in 6:59.70, the first ever sub-7 minute mark in textile suits. Behind the US the race for the medals went to France in second, over three seconds back, anchored by Yannick Agnel, who had won the 200 freestyle in London, with China third, led by Sun Yang, second to Agnel in the 200 free.

For Phelps this was a historic 19th Olympic medal, giving him the record for the most Olympic medals won all-time, breaking the mark he had tied in London, set by Soviet gymnast Larysa Latynina with 18 from 1956-64. He and Lochte also won their third gold medals in this event, the first time that had occurred in the 800 relay.

PosSwimmerNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA7:06.75 (1 h2)6:59.70 (1)Gold
Ryan LochteConor DwyerRicky BerensMichael PhelpsCharlie HouchinMatt McLeanDavis Tarwater
2FranceFRA7:09.18 (1 h1)7:02.77 (2)Silver
Amaury LeveauxGrégory MalletClément LefertYannick AgnelJérémy Stravius
3People's Republic of ChinaCHN7:11.35 (4 h2)7:06.30 (3)Bronze
Hao YunLi YunqiJiang HaiqiSun YangLu ZhiwuDai Jun
4GermanyGER7:09.23 (2 h1)7:06.59 (4)
Paul BiedermannDimitri ColupaevTim WallburgerClemens Rapp
5AustraliaAUS7:10.50 (2 h2)7:07.00 (5)
Thomas Fraser-HolmesKenrick MonkNed McKendryRyan NapoleonDavid McKeonCameron McEvoy
6Great BritainGBR7:10.70 (3 h2)7:09.33 (6)
Robbie RenwickIeuan LloydRob BaleRoss DavenportDavid Carry
7South AfricaRSA7:11.51 (3 h1)7:09.65 (7)
Darian TownsendSebastien RousseauChad le ClosJean Basson
8HungaryHUN7:11.64 (4 h1)7:13.66 (8)
Dominik KozmaLászló CsehPéter BernekGergő Kis
9JapanJPN7:11.74 (5 h1)
Yuki KoboriSho SotodateChiaki IshibashiYuya Horihata
10Russian FederationRUS7:11.86 (5 h2)
Artyom LobuzovYevgeny LagunovMikhail PolishchukAleksandr Sukhorukov
11ItalyITA7:12.69 (6 h1)
Gianluca MagliaAlex Di GiorgioRiccardo MaestriMarco Belotti
12BelgiumBEL7:14.44 (6 h2)
Dieter DekoninckGlenn SurgelooseLouis CroenenPieter Timmers
13DenmarkDEN7:15.04 (7 h1)
Daniel SkaaningPál JoensenAnders LieMads Glæsner
14CanadaCAN7:15.22 (7 h2)
Blake WorsleyColin RussellTobias OriwolAlec Page
15New ZealandNZL7:17.18 (8 h1)
Matt StanleySteve KentDylan Dunlop-BarrettAndy McMillan
16AustriaAUT7:17.94 (8 h2)
David BrandlChristian ScherüblMarkus RoganFlorian Janistyn

Round One (31 July 2012 — 11:02)

Fastest eight teams advanced to final

Heat One (11:02)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 m100 m150 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14FranceFRA7:09.18Q
Jérémy Stravius24.6151.681:20.361:47.420.741:47.42 (2)
Grégory Mallet25.0852.591:20.211:47.560.383:34.98 (1)
Amaury Leveaux25.0052.931:21.291:47.870.365:22.85 (1)
Clément Lefert24.4451.621:19.201:46.330.187:09.18 (1)
25GermanyGER7:09.23Q
Tim Wallburger25.2052.041:20.101:48.100.751:48.10 (6)
Dimitri Colupaev24.5252.321:19.951:47.470.283:35.57 (3)
Clemens Rapp24.7052.341:20.461:48.040.385:23.61 (2)
Paul Biedermann24.5851.311:18.551:45.620.357:09.23 (2)
38South AfricaRSA7:11.51Q
Darian Townsend25.0452.321:19.911:48.090.681:48.09 (5)
Jean Basson25.2352.461:20.001:48.120.043:36.21 (5)
Sebastien Rousseau24.5451.681:19.001:47.670.275:23.88 (4)
Chad le Clos24.6452.201:19.691:47.630.147:11.51 (3)
42HungaryHUN7:11.64Q
Dominik Kozma25.4753.021:20.531:47.240.641:47.24 (1)
Péter Bernek25.0052.261:20.461:48.940.493:36.18 (4)
László Cseh24.2351.941:19.861:48.190.365:24.37 (6)
Gergő Kis25.2352.811:20.511:47.270.217:11.64 (4)
53JapanJPN7:11.74
Yuki Kobori25.1052.001:19.841:48.000.671:48.00 (4)
Sho Sotodate24.5951.751:19.711:47.30-0.013:35.30 (2)
Chiaki Ishibashi25.2652.771:20.821:48.380.255:23.68 (3)
Yuya Horihata25.3652.691:20.441:48.060.237:11.74 (5)
66ItalyITA7:12.69
Gianluca Maglia25.6152.481:20.171:48.390.771:48.39 (7)
Alex Di Giorgio24.6652.131:19.941:47.830.103:36.22 (6)
Riccardo Maestri24.5051.721:19.411:47.940.205:24.16 (5)
Marco Belotti24.6451.831:19.621:48.530.327:12.69 (6)
71DenmarkDEN7:15.04
Daniel Skaaning25.6453.261:20.711:48.980.601:48.98 (8)
Pál Joensen25.5553.131:20.961:49.400.183:38.38 (8)
Anders Lie24.0351.141:19.071:47.590.105:25.97 (7)
Mads Glæsner25.2452.871:20.991:49.070.327:15.04 (7)
87New ZealandNZL7:17.18
Matt Stanley25.4552.301:19.641:47.880.721:47.88 (3)
Steve Kent25.7953.301:21.311:49.920.423:37.80 (7)
Dylan Dunlop-Barrett24.9551.971:20.341:49.510.325:27.31 (8)
Andy McMillan25.1952.931:21.321:49.870.247:17.18 (8)

Heat Two (11:11)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 m100 m150 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14United StatesUSA7:06.75Q
Charlie Houchin25.4552.291:19.711:48.220.751:48.22 (1)
Matt McLean25.0152.081:19.091:46.680.533:34.90 (1)
Davis Tarwater24.3651.491:18.811:46.330.405:21.23 (1)
Conor Dwyer24.3450.971:18.061:45.520.387:06.75 (1)
23AustraliaAUS7:10.50Q
David McKeon25.6553.021:20.761:48.250.761:48.25 (3)
Cameron McEvoy24.7752.381:19.691:47.890.383:36.14 (4)
Ned McKendry24.9152.161:19.651:47.550.365:23.69 (3)
Ryan Napoleon24.7851.761:19.251:46.810.227:10.50 (2)
36Great BritainGBR7:10.70Q
David Carry25.4152.591:20.731:48.820.711:48.82 (6)
Ross Davenport25.3652.601:20.191:47.590.343:36.41 (5)
Rob Bale24.7252.171:20.401:47.850.205:24.26 (4)
Robbie Renwick24.4151.651:19.111:46.440.147:10.70 (3)
45People's Republic of ChinaCHN7:11.35Q
Lu Zhiwu25.6553.021:21.121:48.830.711:48.83 (7)
Li Yunqi25.0852.261:19.611:47.270.093:36.10 (3)
Jiang Haiqi24.6952.011:19.861:47.560.285:23.66 (2)
Dai Jun25.3052.721:20.731:47.690.277:11.35 (4)
51Russian FederationRUS7:11.86
Artyom Lobuzov25.2853.021:20.491:48.300.701:48.30 (4)
Yevgeny Lagunov24.1151.891:20.191:47.400.323:35.70 (2)
Mikhail Polishchuk24.1751.831:20.291:48.820.225:24.52 (5)
Aleksandr Sukhorukov24.6051.661:19.331:47.340.447:11.86 (5)
68BelgiumBEL7:14.44
Dieter Dekoninck25.7753.811:21.161:48.620.661:48.62 (5)
Glenn Surgeloose25.1752.831:20.561:48.220.293:36.84 (7)
Louis Croenen25.2852.781:20.901:49.320.165:26.16 (7)
Pieter Timmers25.0853.251:21.181:48.280.147:14.44 (6)
77CanadaCAN7:15.22
Blake Worsley25.5553.081:20.761:48.230.701:48.23 (2)
Colin Russell24.7852.641:20.741:48.540.103:36.77 (6)
Tobias Oriwol25.0252.791:20.781:49.240.315:26.01 (6)
Alec Page25.7753.661:21.481:49.210.327:15.22 (7)
82AustriaAUT7:17.94
David Brandl25.8353.691:21.501:49.800.711:49.80 (8)
Christian Scherübl24.8452.761:20.611:48.640.133:38.44 (8)
Markus Rogan25.0853.021:20.231:48.130.055:26.57 (8)
Florian Janistyn25.7953.971:22.371:51.370.327:17.94 (8)

Final (31 July 2012 — 20:51)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 m100 m150 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14United StatesUSA6:59.70
Ryan Lochte24.6451.171:17.521:45.150.671:45.15 (1)
Conor Dwyer24.3350.901:17.931:45.230.343:30.38 (1)
Ricky Berens24.4051.431:18.831:45.270.175:15.65 (1)
Michael Phelps24.2850.841:17.851:44.050.336:59.70 (1)
25FranceFRA7:02.77
Amaury Leveaux24.6952.061:19.481:46.700.771:46.70 (4)
Grégory Mallet23.9151.001:18.811:46.830.303:33.53 (4)
Clément Lefert24.2751.251:18.421:46.000.185:19.53 (2)
Yannick Agnel23.8049.801:16.441:43.240.197:02.77 (2)
37People's Republic of ChinaCHN7:06.30
Hao Yun25.0252.121:19.481:47.120.671:47.12 (7)
Li Yunqi24.7551.691:18.951:46.460.223:33.58 (5)
Jiang Haiqi24.3451.491:19.201:47.170.485:20.75 (5)
Sun Yang23.9950.291:17.641:45.550.227:06.30 (3)
43GermanyGER7:06.59
Paul Biedermann25.3852.151:19.511:46.150.801:46.15 (3)
Dimitri Colupaev23.9351.021:18.881:46.360.273:32.51 (2)
Tim Wallburger24.7652.051:19.611:47.480.325:19.99 (3)
Clemens Rapp24.6951.391:18.961:46.600.257:06.59 (4)
56AustraliaAUS7:07.00
Thomas Fraser-Holmes24.8051.611:18.911:46.130.691:46.13 (2)
Kenrick Monk24.6551.811:19.371:46.670.393:32.80 (3)
Ned McKendry24.5051.831:19.751:47.600.305:20.40 (4)
Ryan Napoleon23.8950.781:18.701:46.600.207:07.00 (5)
62Great BritainGBR7:09.33
Robbie Renwick24.9552.151:19.491:46.930.671:46.93 (5)
Ieuan Lloyd24.3951.821:19.591:47.400.293:34.33 (6)
Rob Bale24.5351.861:20.061:47.450.275:21.78 (7)
Ross Davenport24.8952.291:20.211:47.550.317:09.33 (6)
71South AfricaRSA7:09.65
Darian Townsend24.5651.841:19.121:47.250.671:47.25 (8)
Sebastien Rousseau24.4852.021:19.601:47.360.223:34.61 (7)
Chad le Clos24.4451.701:19.811:47.150.255:21.76 (6)
Jean Basson24.9952.381:20.011:47.890.137:09.65 (7)
84HungaryHUN7:13.66
Dominik Kozma25.5553.011:20.591:46.940.641:46.94 (6)
László Cseh25.3353.621:21.641:48.060.403:35.00 (8)
Péter Bernek24.7152.371:20.381:48.740.325:23.74 (8)
Gergő Kis25.0053.061:21.871:49.920.307:13.66 (8)