men's 4x200 metre was a freestyle relay swimming event held as part of the swimming at the 1912 Summer Olympics programme. It was the fourth appearance of the event, which had been established in 1908. The competition was held from Friday July 18, 1924 to Sunday July 20, 1924.
These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1924 Summer Olympics.
The United States with the line-up
Ralph Breyer, Harry Glancy, Dick Howell, and Wally O'Connor broke the world record and the ten-minute barrier in the semifinal with a time of 9:59.4 minutes. In the final when Johnny Weissmuller replaced Howell, the Americans improved their time again to 9:53.4 minutes.
The fastest two teams in each heat and the fastest third-placed from across the heats advanced.
Ralph Breyer, Harry Glancy, Dick Howell, and Wally O'Connor ( USA) 10:41.6
Luigi Bacigalupo, Agostino Frassinetti, Gianni Patrignani, Emilio Polli ( ITA) 11:05.2
Ivo Arčanin, Ante Roje, Vlado Smokvina, Atilije Venturini ( YUG) 12:02.4
Ramón Berdemans, Pedro Méndez, Julio Perejordi, José Manuel Pinillo ( ESP) 12:02.4
Moss Christie, Frank Beaurepaire, Ernest Henry, and Ivan Stedman ( AUS) 10:21.2
Torahiko Miyahata, Kazuo Noda, Kazuo Onoda, Katsuo Takaishi ( JPN) 10:24.2
Václav Antoš, Stanislav Bičák, Viktor Légat, Rudolf Piowatý ( TCH) 11:12.8
Juan Behrensen, Tomás Jones, Jorge Moreau, Alberto Zorrilla ( ARG) 11:25.0
The fastest two teams in each semi-final and the faster of the two third-placed teams advanced to the final.
Thor Henning and Gösta Persson with Arne Borg and Åke Borg and Great Britain replaced Leslie Savage with John Thomson. Both teams advanced to the final.
Moss Christie, Frank Beaurepaire, Ernest Henry, and Ivan Stedman ( AUS) 10:27.0
Harold Annison, Albert Dickin, Edward Peter, John Thomson ( GBR) 10:31.2
Guy Middleton, Henri Padou, Édouard van Zeveren, Émile Zeibig ( FRA) 10:39.4
Gé Dekker, Otto Hoogesteyn, Sjaak Köhler, Frits Schutte ( NED) 11:29.0
( TCH) DNS
Ralph Breyer, Harry Glancy, Dick Howell, and Wally O'Connor ( USA) 9:59.4
Arne Borg, Åke Borg, Orvar Trolle, Georg Werner ( SWE) 10:08.2
Torahiko Miyahata, Kazuo Noda, Kazuo Onoda, Katsuo Takaishi ( JPN) 10:12.4
Luigi Bacigalupo, Agostino Frassinetti, Gianni Patrignani, Emilio Polli ( ITA) 11:00.4
In the final
Johnny Weissmuller replaced Dick Howell in the American team and Boy Charlton replaced Ivan Stedman in the Australian team.
Ralph Breyer, Harry Glancy, Wally O'Connor, and Johnny Weissmuller ( USA) 9:53.4 WR
Boy Charlton, Moss Christie, Frank Beaurepaire, and Ernest Henry ( AUS) 10:02.2
Arne Borg, Åke Borg, Orvar Trolle, Georg Werner ( SWE) 10:06.8
Torahiko Miyahata, Kazuo Noda, Kazuo Onoda, Katsuo Takaishi ( JPN) 10:15.2
Harold Annison, Albert Dickin, Edward Peter, John Thomson ( GBR) 10:29.4
1908: Great Britain ( Derbyshire, Radimilovic, Foster, Taylor)
1912: Australasia ( Healy, Champion, Boardman, Hardwick)
1920: USA ( McGillivray, Kealoha, Ross, Kahanamoku)
1924: USA ( Weissmuller, O'Connor, Glancy, Breyer)
1928: USA ( Weissmuller, Clapp, Laufer, Kojac)
1932: Japan ( Yusa, Miyazaki, Yokoyama, Toyoda)
1936: Japan ( Yusa, Sugiura, Arai, Taguchi)
1948: USA ( Ris, McLane, Wolf, Smith)
1952: USA ( Moore, Woolsey, Konno, McLane)
1956: Australia ( O'Halloran, Devitt, Rose, Henricks)
1960: USA ( Harrison, Blick, Troy, Farrell)
1964: USA ( Schollander, Clark, Saari, Ilman)
1968: USA ( Schollander, Spitz, Nelson, Rerych)
1972: USA ( Spitz, Kinsella, Tyler, Genter)
1976: USA ( Bruner, Furniss, Naber, Montgomery)
1980: Soviet Union ( Kopliakov, Salnikov, Stukolkin, Krylov)
1984: USA ( Heath, Larson, Float, Hayes)
1988: USA ( Dalbey, Cetlinski, Gjertsen, Biondi)
1992: Unified Team ( Lepikov, Pyshnenko, Tayanovich, Sadovyi)
1996: USA ( Davis, Hudepohl, Schumacher, Berube)
2000: Australia ( Thorpe, Klim, Pearson, Kirby)
2004: USA ( Phelps, Lochte, Vanderkaay, Keller)
2008: USA ( Phelps, Lochte, Berens, Vanderkaay)
2012: USA ( Lochte, Dwyer, Berens, Phelps)
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