Men's 4 × 100 metre medley relay
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Dates August 3, 2012 (heats)
August 4, 2012 (final)
Competitors 84 from 16 nations
Winning time 3:29.35
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 × 100 metre medley relay event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 3–4 August at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

In the final race of his unprecedented career before an official retirement, Michael Phelps topped off with his eighteenth gold and twenty-second overall to officially become the most decorated Olympian of all time, as the U.S. men's team posted a textile best to defend the Olympic medley relay title since the event's inception in 1960. Trading the lead with Japan throughout the race, the solid foursome of Matt Grevers (52.58), Brendan Hansen (59.19), Phelps (50.73), and Nathan Adrian (46.85) put together a historic ending with a blazing fast finish in 3:29.35, just a fingertip short of their 2008 Olympic record during the high-tech bodysuit era.[2][3][4]

Japan's Ryosuke Irie (52.92), Kosuke Kitajima (58.64), Takeshi Matsuda (51.20), and Takuro Fujii (48.50) held on an arduous challenge with the Americans throughout the race before Adrian pulled off a lead in the freestyle leg, leaving them with a silver in 3:31.26.[5][6] Meanwhile, James Magnussen produced a magnificent freestyle anchor of 47.22 to deliver the Aussie foursome of Hayden Stoeckel (53.71), Christian Sprenger (59.05), and Matt Targett (51.60) a bronze-medal time in 3:31.58.[7][8][9]

Great Britain's Liam Tancock (53.40), Michael Jamieson (59.27), Michael Rock (51.74), and Adam Brown (47.91) missed the podium by almost three quarters of a second (0.75) with a fourth-place effort in 3:32.32.[10] Meanwhile, Hungary's László Cseh (53.40, a national-record split), Dániel Gyurta (59.01), Bence Pulai (51.82), and Dominik Kozma (48.79) claimed a fifth spot in 3:33.02 to hold off the agile German foursome of Helge Meeuw (53.78), Christian vom Lehn (1:00.30), and Deibler brothers Steffen (50.91) and Markus (48.07) by four-hundredths of a second, a sixth-place time in 3:33.06.[9] Netherlands (3:33.46) and Canada (3:34.19), led by freestyle swimmer and bronze medalist Brent Hayden, rounded out a historic championship finale.[9]

Records

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

World record  United States (USA)
Aaron Peirsol (52.19)
Eric Shanteau (58.57)
Michael Phelps (49.72)
David Walters (46.80)
3:27.28 Rome, Italy 2 August 2009 [11][12]
Olympic record  United States (USA)
Aaron Peirsol (53.16)
Brendan Hansen (59.27)
Michael Phelps (50.15)
Jason Lezak (46.76)
3:29.34 Beijing, China 17 August 2008 [13]

No new records were set during this competition.

Results

Heats

[14]
Rank Heat Lane Nation Swimmers Time Notes
1 2 4 United States Nick Thoman (53.31)
Eric Shanteau (59.69)
Tyler McGill (51.53)
Cullen Jones (48.12)
3:32.65 Q
2 1 1 Great Britain Liam Tancock (53.98)
Craig Benson (59.68)
Michael Rock (51.56)
Adam Brown (48.22)
3:33.44 Q
3 2 3 Japan Ryosuke Irie (53.08)
Kosuke Kitajima (59.47)
Takeshi Matsuda (52.09)
Takuro Fujii (49.00)
3:33.64 Q
4 1 4 Australia Hayden Stoeckel (53.89)
Brenton Rickard (59.95)
Matt Targett (51.30)
Tommaso D'Orsogna (48.59)
3:33.73 Q
5 1 3 Netherlands Nick Driebergen (53.98)
Lennart Stekelenburg (1:00.52)
Joeri Verlinden (51.46)
Sebastiaan Verschuren (47.82)
3:33.78 Q, NR
6 2 5 Germany Helge Meeuw (53.82)
Christian vom Lehn (1:01.13)
Steffen Deibler (51.18)
Marco di Carli (48.15)
3:34.28 Q
7 2 6 Hungary László Cseh (53.78) NR
Dániel Gyurta (59.63)
Bence Pulai (52.47)
Dominik Kozma (48.56)
3:34.44 Q, NR
8 1 2 Canada Charles Francis (53.91)
Scott Dickens (1:00.60)
Joe Bartoch (52.43)
Brent Hayden (47.52)
3:34.46 Q
9 2 2 New Zealand Gareth Kean (54.01)
Glenn Snyders (59.00)
Andrew McMillan (52.77)
Carl O'Donnell (48.74)
3:34.52
10 2 7 France Camille Lacourt (53.63)
Giacomo Perez d'Ortona (1:00.03)
Romain Sassot (52.17)
Yannick Agnel (48.77)
3:34.60
11 1 8 China Cheng Feiyi (53.70)
Li Xiayan (1:00.96)
Zhou Jiawei (51.44)
Lü Zhiwu (48.55)
3:34.65
12 1 7 Russia Vladimir Morozov (53.99)
Vyacheslav Sinkevich (1:00.80)
Nikolay Skvortsov (51.83)
Andrey Grechin (48.32)
3:34.94
13 2 8 South Africa Charl Crous (55.23)
Cameron van der Burgh (58.96)
Chad le Clos (51.83)
Leith Shankland (49.21)
3:35.23
14 1 5 Italy Mirco di Tora (54.67)
Fabio Scozzoli (1:00.28)
Matteo Rivolta (53.10)
Luca Dotto (48.83)
3:36.88
15 1 6 Brazil Thiago Pereira (54.45)
Felipe França Silva (1:00.77)
Kaio de Almeida (53.61)
Marcelo Chierighini (48.17)
3:37.00
16 2 1 Poland Radosław Kawęcki (54.65)
Dawid Szulich (1:01.39)
Paweł Korzeniowski (52.40)
Kacper Majchrzak (49.72)
3:38.16

Final

Rank Lane Nation Swimmers Time Time Behind Notes
1st 4 United States Matt Grevers (52.58)
Brendan Hansen (59.19)
Michael Phelps (50.73)
Nathan Adrian (46.85)
3:29.35
2nd 3 Japan Ryosuke Irie (52.92)
Kosuke Kitajima (58.64)
Takeshi Matsuda (51.20)
Takuro Fujii (48.50)
3:31.26 1.91
3rd 6 Australia Hayden Stoeckel (53.71)
Christian Sprenger (59.05)
Matt Targett (51.60)
James Magnussen (47.22)
3:31.58 2.23
4 5 Great Britain Liam Tancock (53.40)
Michael Jamieson (59.27)
Michael Rock (51.74)
Adam Brown (47.91)
3:32.32 2.97
5 1 Hungary László Cseh (53.40) NR
Dániel Gyurta (59.01)
Bence Pulai (51.82)
Dominik Kozma (48.79)
3:33.02 3.67 NR
6 7 Germany Helge Meeuw (53.78)
Christian vom Lehn (1:00.30)
Steffen Deibler (50.91)
Markus Deibler (48.07)
3:33.06 3.71
7 2 Netherlands Nick Driebergen (53.79)
Lennart Stekelenburg (1:00.24)
Joeri Verlinden (51.86)
Sebastiaan Verschuren (47.57)
3:33.46 4.11 NR
8 8 Canada Charles Francis (54.16)
Scott Dickens (1:00.29)
Joe Bartoch (52.32)
Brent Hayden (47.42)
3:34.19 4.84

References

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  2. ^ Armstrong, Kevin (4 August 2012). "Olympics 2012: Michaels Phelps ends his career with his 18th gold medal after leading U.S. to another relay win".  
  3. ^ "Michael Phelps ends career with gold as U.S. men win medley relay".  
  4. ^ "Phelps ends career with gold in medley relay".  
  5. ^ "Michael Phelps, U.S. win medley relay".  
  6. ^ Das, Andrew (4 August 2012). "With Relay Victory in His Final Race, Phelps Claims 18th Gold".  
  7. ^ "Phelps bids farewell with medley relay gold".  
  8. ^ "Michael Phelps bows out with 18th Olympic gold".  
  9. ^ a b c "2012 London Olympics: Michael Phelps Secures 18th Gold in His Final Event as Team USA Posts Textile Best in 400 Medley Relay; Japan, Australia, Place Second, Third; Phelps Honored With Award for Most London Medals".  
  10. ^ "Michael Phelps wins 18th and final Olympic gold in London".  
  11. ^ Dillman, Lisa (2 August 2009). "Michael Phelps gets 5th gold as more records fall".  
  12. ^ "Phelps wins 5th gold as U.S. relay team shatters record".  
  13. ^ "Phelps claims Olympic-record eighth gold medal with relay win".  
  14. ^ "Men's 4×100m Medley Relay – Heats".  

External links

  • NBC Olympics Coverage

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