The British team defeated the Americans in order to better their world record performance from prelims and win another gold, topping the medal table after four days of competition.
Christopher Walker-Hebborn, Adam Peaty, Siobhan Marie O’Connor and Fran Halsall collectively put up a 3:41.71 in order to take 0.62 seconds of the United States’ 3:42.33 record.
USA’s prelim WR splits
- Murphy – 52.18
- Cordes – 58.33
- Stewart – 57.78
- Neal – 54.04
Great Britain’s finals WR splits
- Walker-Hebborn – 52.94
- Peaty – 57.98
- O’Connor – 26.47
- Halsall – 53.77
Walker-Hebborn managed to put the Brits in second, being one of two swimmers (himself and China’s Jiayu Xu) to dip under 53-seconds. Following his performance was 100m breaststroke world record holder Adam Peaty who put up a remarkable 57.98 breaststroke split.
After Peaty’s performance, the Brits had a sizable lead as Siobhan Marie O’Connor dove into the water to swim the fly. Splitting a 57.02, she held onto the lead. Enter Fran Halsall who split an identical 53.77 to American Margo Geer, and the Brits won the race in a new world record.
The new world record makes Peaty a world record holder in three separate events spanning the 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke, and 4x100m mixed medley relay.
The win gave the Brits their fourth gold medal of the swimming portion of these World Championships, putting them in first ahead of the Americans. Had the Americans won, they would be on top of the medals table heading into day five.