RACE VIDEO: France retakes the men’s 4×100 free relay World Crown, Manaudou splits 44.80

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As reported by SwimSwam / Braden Keith


2012 World Champ: 3:06.40 – United States
2010 World Champ: 3:04.78 – France
Meet Record: 3:04.78 – France – 2010 3:03.78 – France – 2014
World Record: 3:03.30 – United States – 2009

The men’s 400 free relay final was an entirely different landscape in finals than prelims. Whereas in the morning, only two swimmers were better than 46.5 (and neither of them raced in finals); in the evening, it took a couple of 45’s or a lot of 46-lows to be in the hunt for a medal.
France got that and then some as they roared to a new Meet Record of 3:03.78 – breaking the 2010 effort of 3:04.78 done by their countrymates four years ago.

The splits:

Clement Mignon – 47.05
Fabien Gilot – 46.13
Florent Manaudou – 44.80
Mehdy Metella – 45.80

Manaudou’s 44.80 means he now moves within range of the 44.94 World Record belonging to Amaury Leveaux – which has stood since 2008 in the individual.

Meanwhile, the French had to come from behind (and even after Manaudou’s impressive split, they still were only 2nd) thanks to an explosive leadoff from Russian Vlad Morozov of 45.51. That broke the Meet Record in the individual 100 free. Joined by Sergei Fesikov (46.01), Danila Izotov (45.79), and Mikhail Polishchuk (46.87), the Russians were four-tenths behind in 3:04.18 for 2nd place. Everyone on that Russian relay swam very well, they just didn’t have an anchor to hold off France’s young star Metella. When Evgeny Sedov gets healthy for Worlds in 2015 and the Olympics in 2016, that won’t be a problem much longer for Russia.

The Americans took 3rd in 3:05.58 – though they were out of medal position (6th after Jimmy Feigen, 7th after Matt Grevers) until Ryan Lochte and Tom Shields anchored in matching 46.02’s. Lochte’s swim pulled them to 3rd, and Shields’ snuck past Italy for the bronze 3:05.58-3:05.79.
Australia took 5th in 3:06.48 after a 46.56 leadoff from Cameron McEvoy; Belgium was 6th in 3:07.54, Japan was 7th in 3:07.79, and Brazil, without Cesar Cielo, was 8th in 3:08.31. Cielo probably would’ve pulled the Brazilians up a few spots, but not enough to medal. Joao de Lucca had a nice 45.65 split for Brazil, though.

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Joel Lin

Can’t wait for the full video. Shields’ underwaters are so fun to watch.


No joke,a 4 minute race and couldn’t see it all? Would have been nice to at least see the lead off on this and then shorten it…


I cannot wait either. Seeing these shortened race videos really bothers me. Like with Ledecky’s 1500 from Pan Pacs. I cannot find a full race video anywhere. The 1500 gets little to no respect from online/television viewers.

On your second point about Shields underwater. Remember the dual in the pool 4×100 free relay from last December? He had some wicked turns there as well.


I remember…it was awesome!

Joel Lin

Yes, I remember. Nasty!!!


Finally , after watching the full race , one thing is clear : Grevers and Feigen did put that relay down for Usa . When Grevers was in the water , even Belgium , Yes small Belgium was even with team Usa . This shows the lack of depth actually going on for that relay speciafically . I hope they willl take note for Kazan , seriously . There is work to do there . Shields underwaters were owesome , that’s how they could end up third . Lochte took a lot of lost ground as well . France did what they had to do to win , the last swimmer really is impressive . Manaudou , of course is… Read more »


Grevers was fine, it was just the fact that Feigen was too slow to recover a lead.


It was kind of everyone. No US swimmer broke 46. France and Russia each had two swimmers under 46. Even if Feigen had swam as fast as the other the other three (taking into account relay starts), the US still would’ve ended up with the bronze.

bobo gigi

Not the entire race?
Is it a joke?
I’m going to search the full race videos.

Luka Russell

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