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4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Men

Date23 July 1996
StatusOlympic
LocationGeorgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants83 from 19 countries

Every time this event had been held at the Olympic Games the US team had won gold and all but once they had done so in world record time. Added to the fact that America were also the current world champions this suggested that a US victory was one of the biggest certainties of the entire Games.

At the first changeover in the final the USA were out of the medals in fourth and, although over the next two legs they improved, they were still trailing Russia and Germany and a shock defeat appeared likely. However the two European nations had top loaded their best swimmers whilst the American trump card Gary Hall, Jr. was to swim the anchor leg for the home team. Hall took two seconds off his main rivals and vaulted his team to a clear victory. Their only disappointment was that they failed, by a third of a second, to break the world record.

For Hall this was the first gold medal of the five he won during his career and meant that he followed his father, also Gary Hall, as an Olympic champion.

PosSwimmerNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA3:18.40 (1 h3)3:15.41 (1)Gold
Jon OlsenJosh DavisBrad SchumacherGary Hall, Jr.David FoxScott Tucker
2Russian FederationRUS3:20.39 (2 h3)3:17.06 (2)Silver
Roman YegorovAleksandr PopovVladimir PredkinVlad PyshnenkoDenis PimankovKonstantin Ushkov
3GermanyGER3:19.27 (1 h1)3:17.20 (3)Bronze
Christian TrögerBengt ZikarskyBjörn ZikarskyMark PingerAlexander Lüderitz
4BrazilBRA3:20.21 (2 h2)3:18.30 (4)
Xuxa SchererAlexandre MassuraAndré CordeiroGustavo Borges
5NetherlandsNED3:20.16 (1 h2)3:19.02 (5)
Mark VeensPie GeelenMartin van der SpoelPieter van den Hoogenband
6AustraliaAUS3:20.88 (3 h2)3:20.13 (6)
Michael KlimMatt DunnScott LoganChris FydlerIan Vander-Wal
7SwedenSWE3:20.74 (2 h1)3:20.16 (7)
Lars FrölanderFredrik LetzlerAnders HolmertzChrister WallinJohan Wallberg
8Great BritainGBR3:21.34 (3 h1)3:21.52 (8)
Nick ShackellAlan RapleyMark StevensMike Fibbens
9New ZealandNZL3:21.65 (3 h3)
Trent BrayDanyon LoaderJohn SteelNick Tongue
10RomaniaROU3:21.66 (4 h2)
Horațiu BădițăAlexandru IoanoviciNicolae IvanRăzvan Petcu
11FranceFRA3:21.79 (4 h3)
Peirrick ChavatteLudovic DépickèreNicolas GrusonFrédéric Lefèvre
12FinlandFIN3:22.99 (5 h2)
Janne BlomqvistAntti KasvioJani SievinenKalle Varonen
13VenezuelaVEN3:23.04 (5 h3)
Alejandro CarrizoDiego HenaoFrancisco SánchezCarlos Santander
14CroatiaCRO3:26.02 (4 h1)
Marijan KanjerAlen LončarMiloš MiloševićMiroslav Vučetić
15EcuadorECU3:27.77 (6 h2)
Felipe DelgadoRoberto DelgadoJulio SantosJavier Santos
16Puerto RicoPUR3:28.27 (5 h1)
Ricardo BusquetsEduardo GonzálezJosé GonzálezArsenio López
17UzbekistanUZB3:28.33 (6 h3)
Vyacheslav KabanovRavil NachayevOleg PukhnatyOleg Tsvetkovsky
18KyrgyzstanKGZ3:30.62 (7 h3)
Sergey AshikhminAndrey KvasovDmitry LapinVitaly Vasilyev
ACKazakhstanKAZ– (AC h1)DQ
Sergey BorisenkoAleksey KhovrinSergey UshkalovAleksey Yegorov
DNSSingaporeSGP– (DNS h2)1

Round One (23 July 1996)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One (12:00)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14GermanyGER3:19.27Q
Mark Pinger23.8350.500.8450.50 (2)
Alexander Lüderitz23.9350.060.211:40.56 (2)
Bengt Zikarsky23.2748.970.462:29.53 (1)
Björn Zikarsky23.4349.740.453:19.27 (1)
25SwedenSWE3:20.74Q
Fredrik Letzler24.2650.810.8250.81 (3)
Lars Frölander23.5249.340.061:40.15 (1)
Christer Wallin23.9350.130.292:30.28 (2)
Johan Wallberg24.0250.460.013:20.74 (2)
33Great BritainGBR3:21.34Q
Nick Shackell24.2850.440.7450.44 (1)
Alan Rapley24.0650.180.261:40.62 (3)
Mark Stevens23.6449.970.202:30.59 (3)
Mike Fibbens23.5650.750.353:21.34 (3)
46CroatiaCRO3:26.02
Miroslav Vučetić24.5751.100.8651.10 (4)
Miloš Milošević23.8850.810.141:41.91 (4)
Alen Lončar24.2152.380.192:34.29 (4)
Marijan Kanjer24.1051.730.303:26.02 (4)
57Puerto RicoPUR3:28.27
Eduardo González24.7952.370.7452.37 (5)
José González24.2951.690.211:44.06 (5)
Arsenio López24.9752.550.142:36.61 (5)
Ricardo Busquets24.5751.660.273:28.27 (5)
AC2KazakhstanKAZDQ2
Aleksey Yegorov24.5850.860.9050.86 (AC)
Sergey Ushkalov24.5052.180.331:43.04 (AC)
Aleksey Khovrin24.0651.49-0.222:34.53 (AC)
Sergey Borisenko23.7950.610.063:25.14 (AC)

Heat Two (12:15)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
13NetherlandsNED3:20.16Q
Pie Geelen24.3250.860.8050.86 (4)
Mark Veens23.8849.940.141:40.80 (3)
Martin van der Spoel24.1950.720.202:31.52 (3)
Pieter van den Hoogenband22.8548.640.193:20.16 (1)
25BrazilBRA3:20.21Q
Xuxa Scherer24.1050.810.8450.81 (3)
Alexandre Massura23.8550.200.141:41.01 (4)
André Cordeiro23.5750.270.082:31.28 (2)
Gustavo Borges23.6648.930.213:20.21 (2)
34AustraliaAUS3:20.88Q
Michael Klim24.2650.090.7950.09 (2)
Ian Vander-Wal24.6250.700.311:40.79 (2)
Scott Logan23.8550.380.232:31.17 (1)
Chris Fydler23.8649.710.253:20.88 (3)
46RomaniaROU3:21.66
Nicolae Ivan24.5051.060.8351.06 (5)
Răzvan Petcu24.2350.880.181:41.94 (5)
Horațiu Bădiță23.8550.310.252:32.25 (5)
Alexandru Ioanovici23.2149.410.083:21.66 (4)
52FinlandFIN3:22.99
Jani Sievinen24.2850.040.7750.04 (1)
Antti Kasvio23.6850.420.151:40.46 (1)
Janne Blomqvist24.5651.520.262:31.98 (4)
Kalle Varonen24.0851.010.143:22.99 (5)
67EcuadorECU3:27.77
Julio Santos24.6251.480.7751.48 (6)
Felipe Delgado24.0450.590.131:42.07 (6)
Roberto Delgado25.2253.220.282:35.29 (6)
Javier Santos24.5552.480.313:27.77 (6)
DNS1SingaporeSGP3

Heat Three (12:30)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14United StatesUSA3:18.40Q
David Fox23.9250.460.7750.46 (1)
Scott Tucker23.7649.680.311:40.14 (1)
Brad Schumacher23.4749.190.302:29.33 (1)
Josh Davis23.0949.070.243:18.40 (1)
25Russian FederationRUS3:20.39Q
Roman Yegorov24.0850.820.8150.82 (3)
Denis Pimankov23.6250.090.341:40.91 (3)
Konstantin Ushkov23.4850.320.462:31.23 (3)
Vlad Pyshnenko23.2749.160.423:20.39 (2)
33New ZealandNZL3:21.65
John Steel24.5050.600.7750.60 (2)
Nick Tongue24.5750.890.561:41.49 (4)
Danyon Loader24.2251.020.262:32.51 (4)
Trent Bray23.1149.140.063:21.65 (3)
46FranceFRA3:21.79
Ludovic Dépickère24.5051.220.7651.22 (5)
Nicolas Gruson23.3249.610.311:40.83 (2)
Peirrick Chavatte23.6550.150.212:30.98 (2)
Frédéric Lefèvre24.0050.810.393:21.79 (4)
52VenezuelaVEN3:23.04
Diego Henao24.6151.640.7151.64 (6)
Carlos Santander24.1451.010.171:42.65 (5)
Alejandro Carrizo24.1151.200.152:33.85 (5)
Francisco Sánchez23.1149.190.213:23.04 (5)
67UzbekistanUZB3:28.33
Ravil Nachayev24.4252.460.7952.46 (7)
Oleg Tsvetkovsky25.4552.130.121:44.59 (7)
Oleg Pukhnaty24.4751.820.082:36.41 (6)
Vyacheslav Kabanov24.4851.920.373:28.33 (6)
71KyrgyzstanKGZ3:30.62
Sergey Ashikhmin24.4750.850.8450.85 (4)
Andrey Kvasov25.0152.080.541:42.93 (6)
Dmitry Lapin25.5653.670.402:36.60 (7)
Vitaly Vasilyev25.5354.020.313:30.62 (7)

Final (23 July 1996 — 21:00)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14United StatesUSA3:15.41OR
Jon Olsen23.6249.940.7349.94 (4)
Josh Davis23.0349.000.201:38.94 (3)
Brad Schumacher23.2249.020.172:27.96 (3)
Gary Hall, Jr.21.8747.450.093:15.41 (1)
22Russian FederationRUS3:17.06
Roman Yegorov23.3649.950.8149.95 (5)
Aleksandr Popov22.8247.880.261:37.83 (1)
Vladimir Predkin23.2949.510.102:27.34 (1)
Vlad Pyshnenko23.8349.720.503:17.06 (2)
35GermanyGER3:17.20
Christian Tröger23.9549.740.7849.74 (2)
Bengt Zikarsky23.2849.010.341:38.75 (2)
Björn Zikarsky23.1348.810.282:27.56 (2)
Mark Pinger23.7349.640.343:17.20 (3)
46BrazilBRA3:18.30
Xuxa Scherer23.7949.690.7849.69 (1)
Alexandre Massura23.8850.240.231:39.93 (4)
André Cordeiro23.8750.380.222:30.31 (5)
Gustavo Borges22.5547.990.173:18.30 (4)
53NetherlandsNED3:19.02
Mark Veens24.4950.660.8150.66 (8)
Pie Geelen23.5850.090.161:40.75 (8)
Martin van der Spoel23.2049.980.122:30.73 (7)
Pieter van den Hoogenband22.6348.290.163:19.02 (5)
61AustraliaAUS3:20.13
Michael Klim24.1649.870.7849.87 (3)
Matt Dunn24.1050.500.231:40.37 (7)
Scott Logan23.6449.970.282:30.34 (6)
Chris Fydler23.8149.790.193:20.13 (6)
77SwedenSWE3:20.16
Lars Frölander24.0550.010.7250.01 (6)
Fredrik Letzler23.6950.130.281:40.14 (5)
Anders Holmertz23.9650.060.272:30.20 (4)
Christer Wallin23.2749.960.313:20.16 (7)
88Great BritainGBR3:21.52
Nick Shackell24.6650.500.7450.50 (7)
Alan Rapley23.9149.760.301:40.26 (6)
Mark Stevens23.8350.500.182:30.76 (8)
Mike Fibbens24.1350.760.293:21.52 (8)