Dressel, Peaty Deliver Fastest Relay Splits Of All-Time In Men’s Medley Final

2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES

The final race of the Olympic swimming program in Tokyo was one for the ages, as the United States and Great Britain had an epic duel in the men’s 400 medley relay, culminating with a new world record for the Americans in 3:26.78.

The Brits lowered the European Record in 3:27.51, as the heat saw two of the three-fastest performances ever recorded.

A major reason for both of those records going down was the unbelievable splits thrown down by Caeleb Dressel and Adam Peaty, as Dressel recorded the #1 butterfly split of all-time and Peaty registered the fastest breast split we’ve ever seen.

Dressel put up a time of 49.03 on his leg, splitting 22.68/26.35, to lop a quarter-second off his previous fastest relay split of 49.28 from the 2019 World Championships.

All-Time Relay Splits, Men’s 100m Butterfly

Rank Swimmer Split Year
1 Caeleb Dressel (USA) 49.03 2021
2 Caeleb Dressel (USA) 49.28 2019
3 Caeleb Dressel (USA) 49.33 2019
4 Michael Phelps (USA) 49.72 2009
5 Caeleb Dressel (USA) 49.76 2017
6 Caeleb Dressel (USA) 49.92 2017
7 James Guy (GBR) 50.00 2021
8 Chad Le Clos (RSA) 50.10 2018
T-9 Andrew Lauterstein (AUS) 50.16 2009
T-9 Gabriel Mangabeira (BRA) 50.16 2009

On the British breaststroke leg, Peaty split 26.01/30.52 en route to a time of 56.53, getting under his previous-fastest ever split of 56.59 from the 2016 Olympic Games.

Having also put up splits of 56.78 and 57.08 in the mixed medley relay, Peaty now owns the 13-fastest 100 breast relay legs of all-time.

All-Time Relay Splits, Men’s 100m Breaststroke

Rank Swimmer Split Year
1 Adam Peaty (GBR) 56.53 2021
2 Adam Peaty (GBR) 56.59 2016
3 Adam Peaty (GBR) 56.78 2021
4 Adam Peaty (GBR) 56.91 2017
5 Adam Peaty (GBR) 57.08 2021
6 Adam Peaty (GBR) 57.12 2017
7 Adam Peaty (GBR) 57.13 2021
8 Adam Peaty (GBR) 57.20 2019
9 Adam Peaty (GBR) 57.27 2018
10 Adam Peaty (GBR) 57.38 2021

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Swammer
1 month ago

Freakin fast. But what I love to see most is the MA and zapple bounce back, redemption.

Rory
Reply to  Swammer
1 month ago

Absolutely! Love how MA kept the faith and zapple capped it with victory.

Trevor Hoke
Reply to  Swammer
1 month ago

💯

Horninco
1 month ago

But Mel promised a 54 from Peaty!

Amazing swims by two absolute studs

Last edited 1 month ago by Horninco
Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Horninco
1 month ago

GMM must have had a good one

HISWIMCOACH
1 month ago

MA contributed to the gold. Where the haters at now? Watch out in 2024

hiswimmer
Reply to  HISWIMCOACH
1 month ago

“Keep politics out of sports”

You love MA because of his politics.

So I mean…

HISWIMCOACH
Reply to  hiswimmer
1 month ago

Cue the haters

Dan
Reply to  HISWIMCOACH
1 month ago

Michael Andrew is an Olympic gold medalist now, and I am not. That said, 3 out of 4 legs had the fastest split of the field for their stroke, and MA was 2 seconds off pace for his.

Jabroni Pepperoni
Reply to  Dan
1 month ago

Thats not a fair comparison and you know it

Coach Tom
Reply to  Dan
1 month ago

Oh man he didn’t beat Adam Peaty? Wow what a scrub!

Scotty P
Reply to  Dan
1 month ago

It’s been very clear MA has been controversial and mostly….key word, mostly a letdown at this meet. However, he did his part.

We all know anyone going against Peaty in the 100BR is going to lose. He just had to make sure that the race was tight. He did just that.

No Ragrets

MAndrew fan
Reply to  Scotty P
1 month ago

Agree. He kept it close which was his job AND the haters are running and ducking for cover on his relay exchange prowess. SHUT THE DOOR!

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Scotty P
1 month ago

No what I’m saying

MAndrew fan
Reply to  Dan
1 month ago

Murphy way off his best time.

Dudeman
Reply to  MAndrew fan
1 month ago

Rylov was even further off his best time, most of the backstroke swimmers in that race were actually, doesn’t really matter

MAndrew fan
Reply to  Dudeman
1 month ago

Exactly. I got lots of downvotes and toying with MAHaters is great fun. People will point out he didn’t do his best time – but that goes for many in the field. The point is MA and Murphy did the best they had in them that day to win, and that’s what being on the team is all about – getting the best of what is available at the time. Haters don’t hate MA because he’s wrong, but because he’s right. For every hate comment, there are 100 more of us fans that actually are intrigued by what he does. Not everyone is going to be on all the time. He peaked to get his first and most important goal… Read more »

BillyBob
Reply to  Dan
1 month ago

Cope

Katie
Reply to  Dan
1 month ago

Of all the things to criticize Michael Andrew for, not being as fast as the guy with the 13 fastest breaststroke relay splits in history ain’t it. No shame in not being as fast as Adam Peaty.

Ehhhish
Reply to  HISWIMCOACH
1 month ago

I don’t like him but He definitely deserved to be on that relay and I was rooting for him the whole time. I don’t understand how people can hope for someone on their team to do bad just cause they don’t like some of his viewpoints. You can not like someone even say I wish he wasn’t on the relay but saying he shouldn’t be on the relay when he’s obviously the best choice is too far. He had a great swim and showed up under pressure big kudos to him. Definitely disagree with a lot of the stuff he says and believes in but If he’s who’s best for team USA he should be in the water 10/10 times.

Kevin
Reply to  HISWIMCOACH
1 month ago

MA was fine in the relay did what was expected based off his 100 breast earlier. But when your team mates all have the fastest splits for their legs and you are 4th on your leg that isn’t really a statement swim. He was definitely the best choice for that leg, but he didn’t do anything special compared to the competition. It had nothing to do with not being as fast as Peaty, anyone who thought that was an option was delusion. He did nothing wrong in the relay and he did nothing special in the relay. The nothing special is the problem for him because of the hype his supporters give him.

When your teammates are Dressel being best… Read more »

HISWIMCOACH
Reply to  Kevin
1 month ago

He’s a gold medalist. And he’s doesn’t have covid nor do his teammates as many commenters seemed to wish for. Haters.

MAndrew fan
Reply to  HISWIMCOACH
1 month ago

Yes, extremely sad that people hate a single person more than they love their country, wishing him to do bad at the expense of Team USA and USA relays. For many, “My Hate is OK, but yours isn’t!”

Jeepers
Reply to  Kevin
1 month ago

In all fairness he can’t help what people say or do. He did his best at his first Olympics and is still quite young at 22. Give the guy a break.

Kevin
Reply to  Jeepers
1 month ago

Which is why my response was basically addressing his fans. He did fine but his hype squad needs to realize that this performance is not going to silence people who don’t like him. You can’t talk about a guy like he is the next Phelps watch him do worse than his trials performances in highly visible ways, then expect an average performance from him on a relay to silence people.

He’s young, but not a kid. 22 – 27 is the peak range for most male swimmers, so he’s in that window, so the time left to translate his incredible juniors performances to the highest levels is running out.

And yes he haters for other reasons, his actions are… Read more »

BillyBob
Reply to  Kevin
1 month ago

Cope

Shadia
1 month ago

They both phenomenal that all-time splits list that is just Peaty is just something else

jeff
1 month ago

49.03 just a little bit after winning the 50 free too! real excited for worlds next year now

Bruh
Reply to  jeff
1 month ago

The 50 was just some race pace warm up

Pvdh
1 month ago

Winning pretty comfortably despite giving up 2 seconds on the breast leg. crazy!

dddddddd
Reply to  Pvdh
1 month ago

fastest 100 breast exchange ever for the US lmao

BillyBob
Reply to  Pvdh
1 month ago

Literally no American has ever been faster. I love drinking your tears though. Keep the comments coming.

Pvdh
Reply to  BillyBob
1 month ago

Oh I will. I’m about to go full ol’ longhorn on this anti vaxxx clown.

By Andrews own admission he thinks a relay only medal is disappointing.

Last edited 1 month ago by Pvdh
Steve Nolan
Reply to  Pvdh
1 month ago

I think the funniest part of all the anti-vax folks having to like MA now is I assume they’re the people that would be the least receptive to USRPT.

Assume vaccine skepticism correlates pretty strongly with needing to swim 20,000 yards a day to feel like you’re doing anything worthwhile, but I might be wrong!

HISWIMCOACH
Reply to  Steve Nolan
1 month ago

What? That makes zero sense

MAndrew fan
Reply to  Steve Nolan
1 month ago

These kind of remarks make me laugh so hard. Makes no sense, but that’s why he’s on an anonymous forum giving his 2 cents! I can see how it’s really addictive though, this is fun!

BearlyBreathing
1 month ago

Whoops. wrong thread.

Last edited 1 month ago by BearlyBreathing
Thomas Selig
1 month ago

Just insane splits from two great swimmers.

Imagine going out in 26.0 (yes, relay takeover, but still…) and still bringing it back in 30.5, seriously.

As for Dressel, what more can be said? Pulling a 49.0 after the programme he’s had, when his team needed it most.

Great race, and congrats to the US. 6 teams under 3:30 has to be a record, or close?

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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