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Australia lowered the world record in the 4×100 mixed freestyle relay to a 3:19.38 to take gold in the event on day 7 of the 2022 World Championships. They took the record from the United States, which swam a 3:19.40 to win the event at the 2019 World Championships.
|Australia – 2022 World Championships||USA – 2019 World Championships|
|100||Jack Cartwright (48.12)||Caeleb Dressel (47.34)|
|200||Kyle Chalmers (46.98)||Zach Apple (47.34)|
|300||Madi Wilson (52.25)||Mallory Comerford (52.72)|
|400||Mollie O’Callaghan (52.03)||Simone Manuel (52.00)|
This is the second time that Australia has held the world record in the mixed 4×100 freestyle since FINA started ratifying world records for the event in 2013.
World Record Progression – Mixed 4×100 Freestyle
|2013||3:45.38||USA||Lindsay Vrooman, Kait Flederbach, Steve Schmuhl, Jackson Miller|
|2014||3:23.29||Australia||Tommaso D’Orsogna, Cate Campbell, James Magnussen, Bronte Campbell|
|2015||3:23.05||USA||Ryan Lochte, Nathan Adrian, Simone Manuel, Missy Franklin|
|2017||3:19.60||USA||Caeleb Dressel, Nathan Adrian, Mallory Comerford, Simone Manuel|
|2019||3:19.40||USA||Caeleb Dressel, Zach Apple, Mallory Comerford, Simone Manuel|
|2022||3:19.38||Australia||Jack Cartwright, Kyle Chalmers, Madi Wilson, Mollie O’Callaghan|
Notably, this world record has been broken once at each World Championships meet since 2015 (the first year that the event was featured). The mixed 4×100 freestyle is the only relay contested at the World Championships that is not contested at the Olympics, explaining the absence of world record-breaking swims at an Olympiad.
The Australian team was third after the first 100 during their world record-breaking swim as Jack Cartwright put up a 48.12 to trail Josh Liendo from Canada (48.12) and Ryan Held of the USA (47.93). But 2016 Olympic champion in the 100 freestyle Kyle Chalmers ran down the field with a 46.98 split to take the lead by the 200-meter mark.
The Australian duo of Madi Wilson and Mollie O’Callaghan closed with splits of 52.25 and 52.03 to hold onto Australia’s lead and pull off the world record-breaking time of 3:19.28.
In addition to this being the second time that Australia has held the world record in the mixed 4×100 freestyle, it is the first time that a non-USA contingent has pulled off the win in this event. At the first 3 World Championships to feature the event team USA won in world record time. Team USA placed third in 2022 with a 3:21.09 while Canada managed to snag the silver medal in Canadian record fashion of 3:20.61.