Andrej Barna Blasts 46.86 Anchor Leg Propelling Serbia To Gold In Men’s 4×100 Free Relay



  • World Record: 3:08.24 – USA (2008)
  • European Record: 3:08.32 – France (2008)
  • Championship Record: 3:10.41 – Russian Federation (2021)

Top 8:

  1. Serbia – 3:12.90
  2. Poland – 3:13.25
  3. Greece – 3:13.73
  4. Croatia – 3:13.91
  5. Romania – 3:14.02
  6. Germany – 3:14.56
  7. Israel – 3:17.14
  8. Sweden – 3:17.72

David Popovici of Romania led the team off in a 47.22, the fastest flat start of the night to put them in the lead at the first exchange. That time was just off his time of a 46.88 that he swam last night to win the European title. His 46.88 marks the #3 performance ever and only 0.08 seconds off of the World Record. Popovici was not the only Romanian with a big split tonight as incoming Princeton freshman Patrick Dinu split a 47.83 on the anchor.

Serbia’s Velimir Stjepanivic had the team in 2nd at the first exchange after swimming a 47.99. Nikola Acin split a 48.64, in the middle of the flying start splits pack, to put the team out in front for the time being.

With a 48.04 flying start, Poland’s Ksawery Masiuk had the 4th fastest flying start split of the night, which put the relay in the lead at the final exchange. Then, Serbia’s Andrej Barna delivered a huge split with a 46.86 putting the team from 5th to 1st even after the first 50. Barna was able to hang on splitting a 21.99 going out and a 24.87 coming home.

Greece captured the bronze after four consistent 48-point splits were good enough for a spot on the podium as they finished just ahead of Croatia who was fueled by a 47.77 flying start from Jere Hribar.

Fastest Flat Starts

Popovici ROU 47.22
Stjepanivic SRB 47.99
Chowaniec POL 48.45
Wrede GER 48.75
Chrisou GRE 48.82
Miljenic CRO 48.94
Kartavi ISR 49.89
Seeliger SWE 49.98

Fastest Flying Starts

Barna SRB 46.86
Hribar CRO 47.77
Dinu ROU 47.83
Masiuk POL 48.04
Gkolomeev GRE 48.04
Dragoja CRO 48.11
Varjasi GER 48.15
Sieradzki POL 48.16
Vazaios GRE 48.37
Bilas GRE 48.5
Dudys POL 48.6
Glivinskiy ISR 48.6
Eidam GER 48.63
Acin SRB 48.64
Persson SWE 48.87
Kammann GER 49.03
Sivec CRO 49.09
Loktev ISR 49.25
Eliasson SWE 49.28
Polonsky ISR 49.4
Cvetkov SRB 49.41
Ratiu ROU 49.48
Szilagyi ROU 49.49
Holmquist SWE 49.49

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26 days ago

What a fab career Stjepanovic has quietly had btw – I remember watching him win his first Euro Junior title at home in Belgrade well over a decade ago, then a year later watching him explode onto the senior scene with a 1.54 200fl heat at the 2012 Olympics. Dual European Champion (200/400fr) in 2014, now a decade later he has another title with a maiden voyage inside 48s leading his country off.

27 days ago

Bro WHAT – ANOTHER contender emerges! LFG!!

This Guy
27 days ago

Chris Lindauer at Notre Dame is training two of the worlds fastest 100 freestylers right now, to their peak!
Don’t forget he coached Barna at Louisville as well so he definitely gets credit in a whole lot of development. Couple that with what he has done with Guiliano and his uprising and that’s a picture of one heck of a coach.

27 days ago

Barna is U of Louisville product. Recently 6th at the Worlds 100m free.
Quietly world class freestyler.

Last edited 27 days ago by Yinz
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27 days ago

Has been training with ND/ Chris Lindauer for all of his Europeans/Olympic prep

Reply to  SwimSwamCommenter
27 days ago

I had no idea. Thanks for the info

Last edited 27 days ago by Yinz
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27 days ago

Not a UofL product, a Lindauer product through and through

27 days ago

Croatia’s Dragoja being posted and seemingly still training with GW despite committing to Alabama in May, anyone know if he decommitted and staying or is the remaining coaching staff just letting him train with them until after the summer?

This Guy
27 days ago

With a PB of 47.5, he’s one of those guys that if he sneaks into the final at the Olympics could potentially grab a bronze if a couple of guys aren’t at the top of their game. He’s shown he’s capable of hanging with everyone and if he has the swim of his life it could make for a medal.
Keep an eye on him

Assistant 2 the Regional Manager of Virginia Swim
27 days ago

That Barna / Guiliano training system seems to work wonders

Last edited 27 days ago by Assistant 2 the Regional Manager of Virginia Swim
This Guy

Is he training at Notre Dame?

William Wheeler
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27 days ago

Yes he was training with ND since about late April

27 days ago

lmaooo seeliger can’t even help himself from completely selling a relay at a Mickey Mouse worlds

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