2013 Worlds 4×100 Free Relay, Who Will Win – Gold Medal Minute Video

The men’s 4×100 freestyle relay at the international level is always emotionally charged. A lot of national pride resonates. Predictions from swim fans run wild.

At the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, Team USA has to step up, has to fill the void of Michael Phelps…no easy feat. At the moment, Team USA’s 4×100 freestyle relay appears to be Nathan Adrian, Jimmy Feigen, Anthony Ervin and Ryan Lochte (though that may change depending on Matt Grevers, Ricky Berens or even Conor Dwyer’s performances).  Challenges will come from France, lead by Yannick Agnel, Russia, helmed by Vlad Morozov, and of course the Aussies, starring James Magnussen.

I spoke with SwimSwam’s editor-in-chief, Braden Keith, aka The Machine, a man who is not afraid to make predictions. The Machine said this:

SwimSwam's Braden Keith picks the Aussies, lead by James Magnussen,  to win the World 4x100 Free relay.

SwimSwam’s Braden Keith picks the Aussies, lead by James Magnussen, to win the World 4×100 Free relay.

“The Aussies are focused, doing no media before Worlds. They’re sharp. The French will have trouble repeating without Yannick Agnel feeling in full shape, unless he dupes us all and is in full shape. The Russians have already performed, but they need to prove that they can perform twice in a month… At the end of the day, I think the Australians win this one with Magnussen at the helm. Without Michael Phelps, I don’t know that the US has the 4th guy to get on top, and even if Russia and Australia are both ‘good’ and not ‘great,’ at least one of the two will be too talented to lose.”

I’m picking Team USA over the Aussies by a fingernail. Russia takes the bronze. France finishes out of the medal hunt after a stunning performance in this event at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

See full coverage of the 2013 FINA World Championships here. 

This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host, Gold Medal Mel Stewart, is a 3-time Olympic medalist and co-founder of swimswam.com.

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Danm133

I predict Australia bronze, US silver and Russia gold. With Agnel not being in full shape, I don’t see the french going top three.

gosharks

Wow. Optimism at its highest level, Mel!

Steve Nolan

Yeah, those’re a little aggressive. (They were 46.8 Adrian / 47.3 Feigen / 47.7 Ervin / 47.9 Lochte for a 3:09.7.)

gosharks

Ok, maybe its not that crazy, except for Lochte’s 47.9 lead off.

….gotta go big. Lochte’s got a 47.9 in him….

…gotta go big! Lochte’s got a 47.9 in him…

ERVINFORTHEWIN

Totally agree with u Mel ! When Lochte steps up in relays , he is damn good . He has that 47.9 in him .

Champ

Yeah he really stepped it up anchoring the 4×100 last summer!!

Oh wait

Steve Nolan

Ervin starting off that video just got me SUPER pumped. Was busy thinking about how the US could very well not even medal, but now NUH UH. GET IT, USA.

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Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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