Men’s 4x200m Free Relay: Great Britain Upsets USA, Russia (Race Video)


The British quartet of Stephen Milne (1:47.25), Nicholas Grainger (1:46.05), Duncan Scott (1:44.60), and James Guy (1:43.80) stunned the Americans and the Russians, who had battled for supremacy over the first half of the race, to win the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay in 7:01.70. Team USA (Blake Pieroni, Townley Haas, Jack Conger, and Zane Grothe) led by a 1.6-second margin heading into the fourth leg of the relay, but were overtaken by both Great Britain and Russia on the final 200 meters.

Watch the full race, courtesy of NBC Sports, below:

Write-up from Lauren Neidigh:


  • World Record: USA, 6:58.55, 2009
  • Championship Record: USA, 6:58.55, 2009
  • Junior World Record: USA, 7:13.76, 2015
  1. GOLD: GBR- 7:01.70
  2. SILVER: RUS- 7:02.68
  3. BRONZE: USA- 7:03.18

Russia and the USA traded the lead through the first 3 legs, with Townley Haas (1:44.58) and Jack Conger (1:45.37) putting up the fastest splits for the Americans. The USA had the lead heading into the final leg, but Great Britain’s James Guy blasted a 1:43.80 anchor split to give the Brits the gold, while Russia’s Alexander Krasnykh (1:44.80) moved them up into 2nd place. Zane Grothe (1:46.90) held on to help the Americans to bronze.

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An upset is when the favorite loses. USA was not the favorite going into this race based on the individual times. Maybe Russia was upset, but not the US.

Based on the season best times going into the meet, the U.S. was the slight favorite. Guy and Scott really stepped up and most of the U.S. swimmers weren’t quite as good as their Nationals times or stayed the same.

samuel huntington

if you’re the slight favorite and then lose, I don’t think that’s an upset.


Agree. Guy swam a 1:43 and Scott a 1:44. The best US swimmers were Haas 1:44 and Conger 1:45.

So Team GB swam a tremendous race. They were only a second slower that the fully-loaded US team in Rio.

I was happy to see Jack Conger and Zane Grothe get a WC medal.

The Devil\'s Advocate

Why happy? Mr. Grothe sent all by himself the
Americans from first to third. If guys like Phelps,
Lochte & Dwyer passed the torch to swimmers
like him, the U.S. from now on won’t see in the
big relay the “gold” light of day again…


Dwyer passing the torch? Really? So why was he not swimming in the finals? See prelim times.


Zane Grothe is a 400/800 swimmer swimming way down in the 200. We are missing Lochte/Dwyer/someone new in that slot, and we better have them in 2020.


Nobody expected Grothe to do any more than he did. USA is a leg short right now. If Lochte was eligible to swim USA would have been neck and neck with GBR at the touch. Even Dwyer in 2016 form would have done it. However, it seems Lochte might be on the downswing of his career. I’m not convinced this is a race Dressel would be a difference maker in. Not sure he has a 144-145 swim in him but you never know.

Interesting to see how a few events for the USA develop in the remaining part of the quad, namely the 4×2 relay depth and the 400+ frees.


With Guy and Scott on that relay they where probably the favorite

dude 2.0

basically, the US should have won. Terrible idea putting Grothe on the Final’s relay and then putting him last – total distance guy and no legs – was a sure thing to be destroyed by James Guy. Put Townley last or first. Put Dwyer on the relay. I don’t care if he’s out of shape, the dude will step up


Yes at the Haas comment.
No at the Dwyer comment – Put him in the spectator stands.


or to a plane to costa rica.


I wouldn’t be that brutal about Dwyer, but judging from his appearances, or nonappearances at Arena Pro swims as well as trials and prelim time he was not ready for this.


See preliminary times. You sure he could step up?


*Phelps gets that itch again*

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