Men's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Dates July 31, 2012 (heats & final)
Competitors 84 from 16 nations
Winning time 6:59.70
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
Swimming at the
2012 Summer Olympics

Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
Freestyle
50 m   men   women
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Breaststroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Butterfly
100 m men women
200 m men women
Individual medley
200 m men women
400 m men women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m men women
4×200 m men women
Medley relay
4×100 m men women
Marathon
10 km men women

The men's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 31 July at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

The U.S. men's team smashed the seven-minute barrier in textile to defend the Olympic title in the event, and most importantly, to keep Michael Phelps' all time record alive. The American foursome of Ryan Lochte (1:45.15), Conor Dwyer (1:45.23), Ricky Berens (1:45.27), and Phelps (1:44.05) dominated the race from the start to put together a blazing fast finish in 6:59.70.[2][3] As the Americans defended their Olympic title, Phelps also surpassed Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina to become the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time with a remarkable career tally of nineteen medals (15 golds, 2 silver, and 2 bronze).[4][5]

France's Amaury Leveaux (1:46.70), Grégory Mallet (1:46.83), Clément Lefert (1:46.00), and Yannick Agnel (1:43.24, the fastest split in the field) trailed behind their newest rivals in the pool by a couple of seconds to take home the silver in 7:02.77.[6] Meanwhile, China's Hao Yun (1:47.12), Li Yunqi (1:46.46), and Jiang Haiqi (1:47.17) struggled to keep their momentum throughout the race before Sun Yang dived into the pool at the final exchange. Sun then produced an astonishing anchor of 1:45.55 to deliver the Chinese team a historic relay bronze medal in 7:06.30, holding off the aggressive German foursome of Paul Biedermann (1:46.15), Dimitri Colupaev (1:46.36), Tim Wallburger (1:47.48), and Clemens Rapp (1:46.60) by 29-hundredths of a second with a fourth-place finish (7:06.59).[7][8]

Australia's Thomas Fraser-Holmes (1:46.13), Kenrick Monk (1:46.67), Ned McKendry (1:47.60), and Ryan Napoleon (1:46.60) finished fifth in 7:07.00, while Great Britain (7:09.33), South Africa (7:09.65), and Hungary (7:13.66) also vied for an Olympic medal to round out a historic finish.[8][9]

Records

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  United States (USA)
Michael Phelps (1:44.49)
Ricky Berens (1:44.13)
David Walters (1:45.47)
Ryan Lochte (1:44.46)
6:58.55 Rome, Italy 31 July 2009 [10][11]
Olympic record  United States (USA)
Michael Phelps (1:43.31)
Ryan Lochte (1:44.28)
Ricky Berens (1:46.29)
Peter Vanderkaay (1:44.68)
6:58.56 Beijing, China 13 August 2008 [12]

No new records were set during this competition.

Results

Heats

[13]
Rank Heat Lane Nation Swimmers Time Notes
1 2 4 United States Charlie Houchin (1:48.22)
Matt McLean (1:46.68)
Davis Tarwater (1:46.33)
Conor Dwyer (1:45.52)
7:06.75 Q
2 1 4 France Jérémy Stravius (1:47.42)
Grégory Mallet (1:47.56)
Amaury Leveaux (1:47.87)
Clément Lefert (1:46.33)
7:09.18 Q
3 1 5 Germany Tim Wallburger (1:48.10)
Dimitri Colupaev (1:47.47)
Clemens Rapp (1:48.04)
Paul Biedermann (1:45.62)
7:09.23 Q
4 2 3 Australia David McKeon (1:48.25)
Cameron McEvoy (1:47.89)
Ned McKendry (1:47.55)
Ryan Napoleon (1:46.81)
7:10.50 Q
5 2 6 Great Britain David Carry (1:48.82)
Ross Davenport (1:47.59)
Rob Bale (1:49.85)
Robbie Renwick (1:46.44)
7:10.70 Q
6 2 5 China Lü Zhiwu (1:48.83)
Li Yunqi (1:47.27)
Jiang Haiqi (1:47.56)
Dai Jun (1:47.69)
7:11.35 Q
7 1 8 South Africa Darian Townsend (1:48.09)
Jean Basson (1:48.12)
Sebastien Rousseau (1:47.67)
Chad le Clos (1:47.63)
7:11.51 Q
8 1 2 Hungary Dominik Kozma (1:47.24)
Péter Bernek (1:48.94)
László Cseh (1:48.19)
Gergő Kis (1:47.27)
7:11.64 Q
9 1 3 Japan Yuki Kobori (1:48.00)
Sho Sotodate (1:47.30)
Chiaki Ishibashi (1:48.38)
Yuya Horihata (1:48.06)
7:11.74
10 2 1 Russia Artem Lobuzov (1:48.30)
Yevgeny Lagunov (1:47.40)
Mikhail Polishchuk (1:48.82)
Alexander Sukhorukov (1:47.34)
7:11.86
11 1 6 Italy Gianluca Maglia (1:48.39)
Alex di Giorgio (1:47.93)
Riccardo Maestri (1:47.94)
Marco Belotti (1:48.53)
7:12.69
12 2 8 Belgium Dieter Dekoninck (1:48.62)
Glenn Surgeloose (1:48.22)
Louis Croenen (1:49.32)
Pieter Timmers (1:48.28)
7:14.44 NR
13 1 1 Denmark Daniel Skaaning (1:48.98)
Pál Joensen (1:49.40)
Anders Lie (1:47.59)
Mads Glæsner (1:49.07)
7:15.04 NR
14 2 7 Canada Blake Worsley (1:48.23)
Colin Russell (1:48.54)
Tobias Oriwol (1:49.24)
Alec Page (1:49.21)
7:15.22
15 1 7 New Zealand Matthew Stanley (1:47.88)
Steven Kent (1:49.92)
Dylan Dunlop-Barrett (1:49.51)
Andrew McMillan (1:49.87)
7:17.18
16 2 2 Austria David Brandl (1:49.80)
Christian Scherübl (1:48.64)
Markus Rogan (1:48.13)
Florian Janistyn (1:51.37)
7:17.94

Final

[14]
Rank Lane Nation Swimmers Time Time behind Notes
1st 4 United States Ryan Lochte (1:45.15)
Conor Dwyer (1:45.23)
Ricky Berens (1:45.27)
Michael Phelps (1:44.05)
6:59.70
2nd 5 France Amaury Leveaux (1:46.70)
Grégory Mallet (1:46.83)
Clément Lefert (1:46.00)
Yannick Agnel (1:43.24)
7:02.77 3.07 NR
3rd 7 China Hao Yun (1:47.12)
Li Yunqi (1:46.46)
Jiang Haiqi (1:47.17)
Sun Yang (1:45.55)
7:06.30 6.60
4 3 Germany Paul Biedermann (1:46.15)
Dimitri Colupaev (1:46.36)
Tim Wallburger (1:47.48)
Clemens Rapp (1:46.60)
7:06.59 6.89
5 6 Australia Thomas Fraser-Holmes (1:46.13)
Kenrick Monk (1:46.67)
Ned McKendry (1:47.60)
Ryan Napoleon (1:46.60)
7:07.00 7.30
6 2 Great Britain Robbie Renwick (1:46.93)
Ieuan Lloyd (1:47.40)
Rob Bale (1:47.45)
Ross Davenport (1:47.55)
7:09.33 9.63
7 1 South Africa Darian Townsend (1:47.25)
Sebastien Rousseau (1:47.36)
Chad le Clos (1:47.15)
Jean Basson (1:47.89)
7:09.65 9.95
8 8 Hungary Dominik Kozma (1:46.94)
László Cseh (1:48.06)
Péter Bernek (1:48.74)
Gergő Kis (1:49.92)
7:13.66 13.96

References

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  2. ^ "Phelps breaks Olympic medal record".  
  3. ^ "Michael Phelps makes history with 19th Olympic medal".  
  4. ^ Rossingh, Danielle (31 July 2012). "Phelps Becomes Most Decorated Olympian With 19th Career Medal".  
  5. ^ Almasy, Steve (31 July 2012). Fab Five' brings home gymnastics gold"'".  
  6. ^ Brooks, Matt; Shipley, Amy (31 July 2012). "Michael Phelps’s gold rush continues: 4×200 freestyle relay medal is record 19th".  
  7. ^ "Sun Yang leads team China to bronze in swimming relay".  
  8. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: Michael Phelps Becomes Most Decorated Olympian of All Time With 19th Medal; Anchors Team USA to Victory in 800 Free Relay".  
  9. ^ "Phelps claims ultimate Olympic record".  
  10. ^ Dillman, Lisa (1 August 2009). "Michael Phelps' world records not wearing well".  
  11. ^ Michaelis, Vicky (31 July 2009). "Phelps earns relay gold medal, Peirsol sets 200m backstroke mark".  
  12. ^ Stallman, Jason (13 August 2008). "Phelps Adds 2 More Gold Medals".  
  13. ^ "Men's 4×200m Freestyle Relay – Heats".  
  14. ^ "Men's 4×200m Freestyle Relay – Final".  

External links

  • NBC Olympics Coverage

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