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4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men

Date17 August 2004
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympiako Kentro Ugrou Stivou, Olympiako Athletiko Kentro Athinon Spiros Loues, Athina (Main Pool)
Participants75 from 16 countries
Olympic Record 7:07.05 WR / Australia AUS / 19 September 2000

Four years earlier in Sydney this event had seen Ian Thorpe lead the Australian team to a clear win over perennial Olympic champions, the United States, and smash the world record as well. Since Sydney the Australians had established themselves as the best team in the world and had won both world titles in the intervening period. The USA had slowly begun to regroup and a gap of 9 seconds between the Australians and Americans in 2001 had shrunk to just over a second at the 2003 World Championships. The emergence of Michael Phelps as a fully-fledged superstar began to tip the balance back in the Americans’ favour as was shown by Phelps pulling out a lead of over a second during the opening leg of the Olympic final then Peter Vanderkaay on the third leg pushed the US lead out a little further. Ian Thorpe tried to systematically break down the gap on the American anchor but, try as he might, it was not enough to haul back Klete Keller and the US held onto a lead of just thirteen hundredths of a second at the end.

PosSwimmerNOCR1Final
1United StatesUSA7:12.80 (1 h1)7:07.33 (1)Gold
Klete KellerRyan LochteMichael PhelpsPeter VanderkaayScott GoldblattDan Ketchum
2AustraliaAUS7:14.85 (1 h2)7:07.46 (2)Silver
Grant HackettMichael KlimNicholas SprengerIan ThorpeAntony MatkovichTodd PearsonCraig Stevens
3ItalyITA7:18.26 (3 h2)7:11.83 (3)Bronze
Emiliano BrembillaSimone CercatoFilippo MagniniMassi RosolinoFederico CappellazzoMatteo Pelliciari
4Great BritainGBR7:17.41 (2 h2)7:12.60 (4)
Simon BurnettRoss DavenportGavin MeadowsDavid O'BrienDavid Carry
5CanadaCAN7:18.05 (3 h1)7:13.33 (5)
Brent HaydenAndrew HurdBrian JohnsRick SayMark Johnston
6GermanyGER7:16.75 (2 h1)7:16.51 (6)
Lars ConradHeiko HellChristian KellerJens SchreiberStefan HerbstJohannes Oesterling
7FranceFRA7:21.31 (4 h1)7:17.43 (7)
Fabien HorthNicolas KintzAmaury LeveauxNicolas Rostoucher
8GreeceGRE7:19.71 (4 h2)7:23.02 (8)
Apostolos AntonopoulosDimitrios ManganasNikos XylourisAndreas Zisimos
9BrazilBRA7:22.70 (5 h2)
Bruno BonfimRodrigo CastroCarlos JaymeRafael Mósca
10People's Republic of ChinaCHN7:22.87 (5 h1)
Chen ZuoHuang ShaohuaLiu YuZheng Kunliang
11Russian FederationRUS7:23.97 (6 h2)
Stepan GanzeyMaksim KuznetsovYevgeny NatsvinAleksey Zatsepin
12UkraineUKR7:24.13 (6 h1)
Serhiy AdvenaSerhiy FesenkoMaksym KokoshaDmytro Vereitynov
13Czech RepublicCZE7:26.26 (7 h2)
Josef HorkýMichal RubáčekMartin ŠkachaKvětoslav Svoboda
14PortugalPOR7:27.99 (7 h1)
João AraújoLuís MonteiroAdriano NizMiguel Pires
15MexicoMEX7:29.54 (8 h1)
Javier DíazJosh IlikaLeonardo SalinasAlejandro Siqueiros
16HungaryHUN7:31.78 (8 h2)
Balázs GercsákTamás KerékjártóBalázs MakányTamás Szűcs

Round One (17 August 2004)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One (11:10)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 m100 m150 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14United StatesUSA7:12.80Q
Scott Goldblatt25.9953.761:21.651:49.530.711:49.53 (1)
Ryan Lochte24.5951.831:19.391:47.390.353:36.92 (1)
Dan Ketchum25.4052.501:20.771:48.100.425:25.02 (1)
Peter Vanderkaay24.6052.011:19.971:47.780.117:12.80 (1)
25GermanyGER7:16.75Q
Johannes Oesterling26.3954.221:22.261:50.370.851:50.37 (3)
Stefan Herbst24.4551.521:19.961:48.920.093:39.29 (=2)
Heiko Hell25.4452.721:20.911:48.660.195:27.95 (2)
Christian Keller24.5951.771:20.281:48.800.187:16.75 (2)
33CanadaCAN7:18.05Q
Mark Johnston26.1454.071:22.391:50.870.861:50.87 (6)
Andrew Hurd25.2352.991:21.111:48.860.183:39.73 (4)
Brian Johns24.9152.581:20.741:48.730.205:28.46 (3)
Rick Say25.2152.801:21.221:49.590.307:18.05 (3)
46FranceFRA7:21.31Q
Amaury Leveaux26.0154.191:22.431:49.650.761:49.65 (2)
Fabien Horth24.9452.361:20.981:49.640.233:39.29 (=2)
Nicolas Kintz25.2753.241:21.711:50.360.135:29.65 (4)
Nicolas Rostoucher25.8153.831:22.781:51.660.457:21.31 (4)
52People's Republic of ChinaCHN7:22.87
Liu Yu26.1554.081:22.811:51.360.831:51.36 (8)
Chen Zuo25.2953.091:22.071:49.790.473:41.15 (5)
Zheng Kunliang25.6853.631:22.051:51.340.445:32.49 (5)
Huang Shaohua25.0152.511:21.051:50.380.477:22.87 (5)
67UkraineUKR7:24.13
Serhiy Fesenko26.3354.451:22.911:50.860.911:50.86 (5)
Maksym Kokosha25.2753.821:22.941:52.030.313:42.89 (7)
Dmytro Vereitynov25.8253.621:21.671:50.340.435:33.23 (6)
Serhiy Advena26.4254.211:22.731:50.900.407:24.13 (6)
78PortugalPOR7:27.99
Luís Monteiro26.0853.961:22.631:50.430.881:50.43 (4)
Adriano Niz25.7654.341:23.291:52.350.423:42.78 (6)
João Araújo26.4255.101:25.101:54.500.145:37.28 (8)
Miguel Pires25.4353.041:21.681:50.710.517:27.99 (7)
81MexicoMEX7:29.54
Josh Ilika25.9053.971:22.321:51.010.761:51.01 (7)
Alejandro Siqueiros25.2953.211:22.441:52.510.313:43.52 (8)
Javier Díaz25.9853.811:22.751:53.340.335:36.86 (7)
Leonardo Salinas26.6455.261:24.111:52.680.117:29.54 (8)

Heat Two (11:20)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 m100 m150 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14AustraliaAUS7:14.85Q
Todd Pearson25.7753.451:21.521:49.090.811:49.09 (1)
Antony Matkovich25.4652.931:20.691:49.340.103:38.43 (1)
Nicholas Sprenger24.9551.951:19.781:47.730.235:26.16 (1)
Craig Stevens25.6053.101:21.071:48.690.087:14.85 (1)
26Great BritainGBR7:17.41Q
Simon Burnett26.7754.441:22.501:50.430.751:50.43 (2)
Ross Davenport25.3052.771:21.241:49.240.303:39.67 (2)
Gavin Meadows24.5151.801:20.241:48.460.165:28.13 (2)
David Carry25.2252.851:20.991:49.280.317:17.41 (2)
35ItalyITA7:18.26Q
Matteo Pelliciari26.4154.071:22.581:50.630.921:50.63 (3)
Simone Cercato25.6953.181:21.031:49.080.463:39.71 (3)
Federico Cappellazzo25.5853.511:21.751:50.080.275:29.79 (4)
Massi Rosolino25.6652.891:20.921:48.470.367:18.26 (3)
42GreeceGRE7:19.71Q
Andreas Zisimos25.8453.551:22.171:50.990.861:50.99 (6)
Dimitrios Manganas25.5153.511:22.201:50.210.373:41.20 (5)
Apostolos Antonopoulos25.1053.011:21.291:48.580.245:29.78 (3)
Nikos Xylouris25.2452.461:20.981:49.930.587:19.71 (4)
57BrazilBRA7:22.70
Rodrigo Castro26.4054.311:22.831:50.670.691:50.67 (4)
Bruno Bonfim25.7153.831:22.591:51.450.313:42.12 (6)
Carlos Jayme24.6352.631:21.671:51.460.165:33.58 (6)
Rafael Mósca24.7952.351:20.901:49.120.037:22.70 (5)
63Russian FederationRUS7:23.97
Maksim Kuznetsov25.7553.841:22.401:50.810.841:50.81 (5)
Aleksey Zatsepin25.2453.071:22.431:51.750.163:42.56 (7)
Stepan Ganzey25.0152.741:21.331:50.180.325:32.74 (5)
Yevgeny Natsvin25.6053.651:22.501:51.230.257:23.97 (6)
71Czech RepublicCZE7:26.26
Michal Rubáček25.7853.841:22.521:51.370.821:51.37 (7)
Květoslav Svoboda25.1652.611:20.581:49.250.233:40.62 (4)
Josef Horký25.7454.331:23.311:53.290.155:33.91 (7)
Martin Škacha25.1253.001:22.421:52.350.427:26.26 (7)
88HungaryHUN7:31.78
Tamás Kerékjártó26.5254.961:23.841:52.650.721:52.65 (8)
Balázs Gercsák26.3954.971:24.321:54.030.413:46.68 (8)
Balázs Makány25.3853.991:23.571:52.750.145:39.43 (8)
Tamás Szűcs25.7553.971:23.151:52.350.547:31.78 (8)

Final (17 August 2004 — 20:51)

PosLaneSwimmerNOC50 m100 m150 mTimeReactionExchange (Pos)
14United StatesUSA7:07.33
Michael Phelps25.1552.291:19.711:46.490.771:46.49 (1)
Ryan Lochte24.6652.191:19.911:47.520.373:34.01 (1)
Peter Vanderkaay24.6352.111:20.051:47.790.185:21.80 (1)
Klete Keller25.0151.861:18.891:45.530.277:07.33 (1)
25AustraliaAUS7:07.46
Grant Hackett25.1452.341:20.021:47.500.751:47.50 (2)
Michael Klim24.2751.451:19.181:47.620.253:35.12 (3)
Nicholas Sprenger25.4052.671:20.501:48.160.225:23.28 (2)
Ian Thorpe24.0350.781:17.951:44.180.267:07.46 (2)
37ItalyITA7:11.83
Emiliano Brembilla25.7252.751:20.451:48.160.821:48.16 (4)
Massi Rosolino24.7751.901:19.221:46.240.223:34.40 (2)
Simone Cercato25.355.2881:21.401:49.850.345:24.25 (3)
Filippo Magnini24.3452.071:20.111:47.580.187:11.83 (3)
46Great BritainGBR7:12.60
Simon Burnett25.2552.471:20.231:47.900.711:47.90 (3)
Gavin Meadows24.7352.831:21.201:48.460.173:36.36 (4)
David O'Brien24.9052.261:20.651:49.050.265:25.41 (4)
Ross Davenport24.7952.241:19.901:47.190.307:12.60 (4)
52CanadaCAN7:13.33
Brent Hayden25.1252.611:20.671:49.080.821:49.08 (=6)
Brian Johns25.0053.011:21.441:49.150.223:38.23 (=6)
Andrew Hurd24.7552.351:20.161:48.090.355:26.32 (5)
Rick Say24.3751.361:19.101:47.010.287:13.33 (5)
63GermanyGER7:16.51
Jens Schreiber25.3652.941:21.261:49.080.841:49.08 (=6)
Heiko Hell24.9252.681:21.301:49.150.333:38.23 (=6)
Lars Conrad24.4051.891:20.131:48.230.235:26.46 (6)
Christian Keller24.5552.611:21.411:50.050.097:16.51 (6)
78FranceFRA7:17.43
Amaury Leveaux25.4153.071:21.111:48.570.801:48.57 (5)
Fabien Horth24.7652.361:20.621:48.670.273:37.24 (5)
Nicolas Kintz25.0152.661:21.151:50.010.175:27.25 (7)
Nicolas Rostoucher26.0253.971:22.401:50.180.317:17.43 (7)
81GreeceGRE7:23.02
Apostolos Antonopoulos25.3953.321:21.851:50.340.821:50.34 (8)
Dimitrios Manganas26.1754.511:23.351:51.330.563:41.67 (8)
Andreas Zisimos25.5153.801:22.251:50.260.365:31.93 (8)
Nikos Xylouris26.2854.691:22.961:51.090.557:23.02 (8)