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4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Men

Date29 July 1992
StatusOlympic
LocationPiscinas Bernat Picornell, Barcelona
Participants81 from 18 countries

The USA had never lost this event at the Olympics and had won the 1991 Worlds and Pan Pacs, but the remnants of the Soviet Union won the 1991 World Championships, and had already won the 4 x 200 in Barcelona, and qualified first for the final in this event, despite resting their best sprinter, Aleksandr Popov. In the final the Unified Team went ahead on the opener, with Pavlo Khnykin splitting 49.92, but Matt Biondi split 48.69 on the second leg, opening more than a full second lead on the Unifieds. The anchor saw the Unified Team put Popov on the blocks, but the US lead by then was 1.27 seconds. Popov split 47.83 on the anchor, not nearly enough as Jon Olsen came home in 48.28 to win gold for the USA. The final time of 3:16.74 was the second fastest ever, trailing only the winning time from Seoul. This was the first time that the Americans did not set the world record in winning the event at the Olympics.

PosSwimmerNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA3:18.50 (1 h1)3:16.74 (1)Gold
Joe HudepohlMatt BiondiTom JagerJon OlsenShaun JordanJoel Thomas
2Unified TeamEUN3:17.48 (1 h3)3:17.56 (2)Silver
Pavlo KhnykinGennady PrigodaIurie BaşcatovAleksandr PopovVlad PyshnenkoVeniamin Tayanovich
3GermanyGER3:19.61 (2 h2)3:17.90 (3)Bronze
Christian TrögerDirk RichterSteffen ZesnerMark PingerAndreas SzigatBengt Zikarsky
4FranceFRA3:22.01 (2 h3)3:19.16 (4)
Christophe KalfayanFranck SchottFrédéric LefèvreStéphan CaronLudovic DépickèreBruno Gutzeit
5SwedenSWE3:18.92 (1 h2)3:20.10 (5)
Tom WernerHåkan KarlssonFredrik LetzlerAnders HolmertzGöran Titus
6BrazilBRA3:20.50 (2 h1)3:20.99 (6)
José Carlos SouzaGustavo BorgesEmanuel FortesCristiano Michelena
7Great BritainGBR3:21.41 (3 h2)3:21.75 (7)
Roland LeeMark FosterMike FibbensPaul Howe
8AustraliaAUS3:22.24 (3 h3)3:22.04 (8)
Chris FydlerAndrew BaildonTom StachewiczDarren Lange
9New ZealandNZL3:23.09 (4 h2)
John SteelNick SandersTrent BrayMark Weldon
10ItalyITA3:23.43 (3 h1)
Giorgio LambertiEmanuele IdiniRoberto GleriaMassimo Trevisan
11South AfricaRSA3:23.53 (4 h3)
Darryl CronjePeter WilliamsSeddon KeyterCraig Jackson
12Puerto RicoPUR3:30.48 (4 h1)
Manuel GuzmánJorge HerreraDavid MonasterioRicardo Busquets
13GuamGUM3:42.31 (5 h1)
Adrian RomeroRay FloresFrank FloresPatrick Sagisi
14FinlandFIN3:25.47 (5 h2)
Jani SievinenJanne VermasheinäJanne BlomqvistVesa Hanski
15Hong KongHKG3:30.61 (6 h2)
Arthur LiWu Tat CheungKelvin LiMichael Wright
16BermudaBER3:31.17 (5 h3)
Ian RaynorMike CashCraig MorbeyGeri Mewett
17GuatemalaGUA3:42.53 (6 h3)
Andrés SedanoRoberto BonillaHelder TorresGustavo Búcaro
18United Arab EmiratesUAE3:51.60 (7 h2)
Ahmad FarajObaid Al-RumaithiAbdullah SultanMohamed Bin Abid

Round One (29 July 1992 — 12:30)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeExchange (Pos)
14United StatesUSA3:18.50Q
Joe Hudepohl23.9449.7849.78 (1)
Shaun Jordan23.5549.941:39.72 (1)
Joel Thomas23.8350.042:29.76 (1)
Jon Olsen23.1448.743:18.50 (1)
23BrazilBRA3:20.50Q
José Carlos Souza24.3551.2451.24 (3)
Gustavo Borges23.2649.071:40.31 (2)
Emanuel Fortes23.9349.722:30.03 (2)
Cristiano Michelena24.2250.473:20.50 (2)
35ItalyITA3:23.43
Giorgio Lamberti24.5151.1251.12 (2)
Emanuele Idini24.5251.431:42.55 (3)
Roberto Gleria24.5050.822:33.37 (3)
Massimo Trevisan24.1150.063:23.43 (3)
42Puerto RicoPUR3:30.48
Manuel Guzmán24.8751.9051.90 (4)
Jorge Herrera25.8254.621:46.52 (4)
David Monasterio25.0852.772:39.29 (4)
Ricardo Busquets24.8451.193:30.48 (4)
57GuamGUM3:42.31
Adrian Romero26.5255.3755.37 (5)
Ray Flores26.7057.611:52.98 (5)
Frank Flores26.9655.692:48.67 (5)
Patrick Sagisi25.1253.643:42.31 (5)

Heat Two

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeExchange (Pos)
15SwedenSWE3:18.92Q
Håkan Karlsson24.3150.2050.20 (2)
Göran Titus23.6350.541:40.74 (2)
Fredrik Letzler23.2549.182:29.92 (2)
Tom Werner23.6149.003:18.92 (1)
24GermanyGER3:19.61Q
Mark Pinger23.8049.7549.75 (1)
Andreas Szigat24.4550.271:40.02 (1)
Dirk Richter23.4549.732:29.75 (1)
Bengt Zikarsky23.5349.863:19.61 (2)
33Great BritainGBR3:21.41Q
Mike Fibbens24.8651.2351.23 (4)
Mark Foster23.1949.931:41.16 (3)
Paul Howe24.0750.312:31.47 (3)
Roland Lee23.8049.943:21.41 (3)
46New ZealandNZL3:23.09
John Steel24.8750.7650.76 (3)
Nick Sanders23.6550.501:41.26 (4)
Trent Bray24.2551.312:32.57 (4)
Mark Weldon23.7350.523:23.09 (4)
52FinlandFIN3:25.47
Jani Sievinen24.8151.5351.53 (5)
Janne Vermasheinä25.0451.761:43.29 (5)
Janne Blomqvist24.5751.392:34.68 (5)
Vesa Hanski24.0750.793:25.47 (5)
67Hong KongHKG3:30.61
Arthur Li25.1251.9351.93 (6)
Wu Tat Cheung25.6253.281:45.21 (6)
Kelvin Li25.0453.382:38.59 (6)
Michael Wright24.7252.023:30.61 (6)
71United Arab EmiratesUAE3:51.60
Ahmad Faraj27.3256.0356.03 (7)
Obaid Al-Rumaithi28.1559.791:55.82 (7)
Abdullah Sultan28.0858.642:54.46 (7)
Mohamed Bin Abid28.0357.143:51.60 (7)

Heat Three

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeExchange (Pos)
14Unified TeamEUN3:17.48Q
Pavlo Khnykin24.0149.8249.82 (1)
Vlad Pyshnenko23.5849.311:39.13 (1)
Veniamin Tayanovich23.5249.522:28.65 (1)
Iurie Başcatov23.2648.833:17.48 (1)
23FranceFRA3:22.01Q
Stéphan Caron24.4550.3350.33 (2)
Frédéric Lefèvre23.6350.291:40.62 (2)
Ludovic Dépickère24.6251.022:31.64 (2)
Bruno Gutzeit24.2750.373:22.01 (2)
35AustraliaAUS3:22.24Q
Chris Fydler24.6550.6750.67 (3)
Andrew Baildon24.5550.681:41.35 (4)
Tom Stachewicz24.4850.562:31.91 (3)
Darren Lange23.9750.333:22.24 (3)
42South AfricaRSA3:23.53
Darryl Cronje24.6651.0751.07 (4)
Peter Williams23.4750.061:41.13 (3)
Seddon Keyter24.6951.122:32.25 (4)
Craig Jackson24.0951.283:23.53 (4)
57BermudaBER3:31.17
Ian Raynor25.2353.0753.07 (5)
Mike Cash25.0552.351:45.42 (5)
Craig Morbey25.2553.512:38.93 (5)
Geri Mewett24.8852.243:31.17 (5)
61GuatemalaGUA3:42.53
Andrés Sedano26.7555.5155.51 (6)
Roberto Bonilla26.5655.681:51.19 (6)
Helder Torres27.1356.952:48.14 (6)
Gustavo Búcaro26.1854.393:42.53 (6)

Final (29 July 1992 — 20:00)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeExchange (Pos)
15United StatesUSA3:16.74
Joe Hudepohl24.0950.0550.05 (4)
Matt Biondi22.8248.691:38.74 (1)
Tom Jager23.2449.722:28.46 (1)
Jon Olsen22.8648.283:16.74 (1)
24Unified TeamEUN3:17.56
Pavlo Khnykin23.9949.9249.92 (1)
Gennady Prigoda22.5550.051:39.97 (4)
Iurie Başcatov23.8749.762:29.73 (3)
Aleksandr Popov22.9847.833:17.56 (2)
37GermanyGER3:17.90
Christian Tröger24.2649.9749.97 (3)
Dirk Richter23.5149.351:39.32 (2)
Steffen Zesner23.8349.782:29.10 (2)
Mark Pinger22.9548.803:17.90 (3)
41FranceFRA3:19.16
Christophe Kalfayan24.4150.2150.21 (5)
Franck Schott23.9649.831:40.04 (5)
Frédéric Lefèvre24.1250.472:30.51 (6)
Stéphan Caron23.2748.653:19.16 (4)
53SwedenSWE3:20.10
Tom Werner24.4449.9349.93 (2)
Håkan Karlsson23.7849.881:39.81 (3)
Fredrik Letzler24.2650.602:30.41 (5)
Anders Holmertz23.7549.693:20.10 (5)
62BrazilBRA3:20.99
José Carlos Souza25.0051.1551.15 (8)
Gustavo Borges23.3548.901:40.05 (6)
Emanuel Fortes23.8150.012:30.06 (4)
Cristiano Michelena24.1150.933:20.99 (6)
77Great BritainGBR3:21.75
Roland Lee24.7950.9750.97 (7)
Mark Foster23.0150.001:40.97 (7)
Mike Fibbens23.8350.452:31.42 (7)
Paul Howe24.1150.333:21.75 (7)
88AustraliaAUS3:22.04
Chris Fydler24.6550.3850.38 (6)
Andrew Baildon23.9450.701:41.08 (8)
Tom Stachewicz24.3550.652:31.73 (8)
Darren Lange24.2350.313:22.04 (8)