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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MR FLY
1 year ago

Imagine a medley relay team consisting of Rylov, Peaty, Dressel, Chalmers

Dudeman
Reply to  MR FLY
1 year ago

Rylov was way off on his leg of the relay. If you’re using the fastest relay splits for each of the strokes Murphy is still the guy

another Tomek
1 year ago

Didn’t MP go 50.0 in 2016

Bub
Reply to  another Tomek
1 year ago

50.33

Texas Tap Water
1 year ago

Is Adam Peaty the greatest male 100m breastroker of all time?

I think so.

M d e
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
1 year ago

Yes. Has been for a long time and it’s not close.

Without peer.

He’s so ridiculously good at the 100 you can argue he is greatest overall breaststroker though I lean Jima still.

Swimer
Reply to  M d e
1 year ago

I’d lean toward Peaty. The thing with Kitajima, is that he was losing to Hansen half the time, he just happened to win the the four races that people care about (and 2004 is questionable because of the dolphin-kick controversy). He never had the dominance that Peaty has had these past 6 years

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Swimer
1 year ago

Peaty doesn’t even swim half of the breaststroke races at the Olympics, sorta feels disqualifying to me. (It’s the exact reason I was like, super miffed when I heard of “Project Immortal.” Like, ok dude, sure sure.)

Swimer
Reply to  Steve Nolan
1 year ago

To be fair though, it wasn’t like Kitajima was swimming the 50 Breast either, which is basically at every competition besides the Olympics. Most great breaststrokers are now either swimming 100/200 or 50/100 (if they can swim multiple events). Gonna take a very special swimmer to be great at all 3. Kitajima always had a rival who was beating him half the time, great but not the clear greatest. Peaty’s only competition that came close was Cameron Van Der Burgh in the the 50.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Swimer
1 year ago

Yeah I guess Peaty is better at the 50 than I realized, I thought he had mostly fairly close races there but they’ve sorta been blowouts since 2015. (I was thinking he was more like Phelps in the 100 fly, where like, ya he’s prolly gonna win but also it’s gonna be close.)

But because the 50s aren’t at the Olympics, feel like it’s hard to base all-time greatness on them. When it comes to writing all-timer resumes, I feel like the Olympics are 90% of it.

Coach Coach
1 year ago

That relay carried MA. Unless he changes his training, this gold and world record will be the pinnacle of his career.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Coach Coach
1 year ago

He’s literally the American record holder. Fink also added time, does he need to change his training?

M d e
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 year ago

I’m not a USRPT guy, but this is getting silly.

The guy is a great swimmer, one of the absolute best in the world.

Maybe Dressel/Peaty/Shun etc. are just better.

BillyBob
Reply to  Coach Coach
1 year ago

I love the salt. You haters are struggling to cope! The relay won by so much they could have swapped out Zapple for Becker and also won. Even Hunter could have replaced Murphy if he was at his trials time. Just because they could have won with different swimmers doesn’t mean they were carried. They all worked together to get the fastest time ever! Literally couldn’t have done that time with any other group of Americans.

Pvdh
Reply to  BillyBob
1 year ago

Only one of them wasn’t the fastest split in their respective strokes. Guess who it was?

T S
Reply to  Pvdh
1 year ago

Only one of them had to swim against the fastest breaststroker of all time, Guess who it was

Dudeman
Reply to  Pvdh
1 year ago

The guy who had to compete against Adam peaty? The same Adam peaty that went 56 before anyone else had even broken 58? Of course he was slower than him. MA did (and said) many things that earned valid criticism this week but being slower than Peaty isn’t one of them

MAndrew fan
Reply to  Pvdh
1 year ago

While this is an anonymous forum, this kind of comment is what makes me crack up. Can’t even check your facts, but spew opinion that no one cares about. Check your facts, nope you are wrong on fastest splits. But to answer your question, the answer you are seeking is the American Record Holder in the 100 breastroke.

T S
1 year ago

Props to James Guy for that 50.0

Bruh
Reply to  T S
1 year ago

Sad we did not get to see him in the 100 fly

Erik
1 year ago

What a great race! Great fastest splits from Peaty and Dressel. Great way to end the swimming Olympics. And I feel happy for Michael Andrew. I’m sure he’s got to be disappointed in his individual results, BUT…he ended with a Gold medal and helped with that World Record. Some redemption there!!

Sarcastic
1 year ago

Amazing way to finish off for the U.S. The next few years leading into Paris are going to be interesting!

Bruh
Reply to  Sarcastic
1 year ago

In three years all of the teens will have matured and will be 19-22. US can be way better

Thomas Selig
1 year 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 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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