In the biggest moment in the history of the Duel in the Pool, the United States quartet of Eugene Godsoe, Kevin Cordes, Claire Donahue, and Simone Manuel came through when it mattered most, topping the European All-Stars by two tenths of a second to win competition’s first ever mixed medley relay tiebreaker, breaking the previous world record in the process.
The Americans took an early lead with a world-leading 22.88 leadoff leg from Godsoe, a lead the European team of Chris Walker-Hebborn, Damir Dugonjic, Jeanette Ottesen-Gray, and Fran Halsall would never quite close. With a gutsy anchor leg from Manuel, the Americans touched first in a new World Record of 1:37.17, just ahead of the 1:37.37 clocked by the Europeans.
The previous record was set earlier this month by Russia at the European Championships in Herning, Denmark.
A quick split comparison:
22.88 (Godsoe) – 25.40 (Cordes) – 25.28 (Donahue) – 23.61 (Manuel)
23.56 (Walker-Hebborn) – 25.40 (Dugonjic) – 24.76 (Ottesen-Gray) – 23.65 (Halsall)
Russia (previous WR):
23.70 (Vitaly Melnikov) – 28.39 (Yuliya Efimova) – 25.29 (Svetlana Chimrova) – 20.25 (Vlad Morozov)