Race Video Of American Men’s 4×50 Free Relay World Record


  • Tuesday, December 11th – Sunday, December 16th
  • Hangzhou, China
  • Tennis Centre, Hangzhou Olympic & International Expo Center
  • Live Results (Omega)

The American men’s 4x50m freestyle relay was simply too much for the world to handle tonight in Hangzhou, as the combination of Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Held, Jack Conger and Michael Chadwick collectively clocked a winning time of 1:21.80. The squad’s outing represents a new World Record and American Record, with Dressel’s incredible lead-off also establishing his own latest and greatest 50m free American Record.

After Dressel’s lead-off, which registered as the 2nd fastest of the field behind 50m free individual winner Vlad Morozov’s 20.39, NC State standout Held fired off a massive 20.25 2nd leg to put the USA in first. Former Texas Longhorn Conger kept the momentum going with a sold 20.59, while Chadwick finished on top in 20.53.

The Americans’ time of 1:21.80 comfortably cleared the previous WR mark of 1:22.60 set by Russia back in 2014.

Video courtesy of Alex Muni.

As originally reported:


  • WR – Russia – 1:22.60 – 2014
  • CR – Russia – 1:22.60 –  2014
  • WJ – 1:27.46 – BEST TIME
  1.   USA – 1:21.80
  2.   Russia – 1:22:.22
  3.   Italy – 1:22.90

Team USA got things started in exciting fashion, demolishing the world record by 8/10ths of a second.

Russia’s Vladimir Morozov just out-swam American Caeleb Dressel on the opening leg, 20.39 to 20.43, but Ryan Held put USA into the lead with a 20.25 split, and Jack Conger and Michael Chadwick preserved that lead with a pair of 20.5s to give the USA the win and the new world record.

Russia finished 2nd in 1:22.22, also under the previous world record time, as Evgeny Rylov anchored in 20.37, the fastest relay split in the field.

Italy was 6th after the first leg, but moved up to 4th after a 20.44 split by Andrea Vergani, and a pair of 20-mid legs earned them bronze by over as second, with a time of 1:22.90.

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3 years ago

Aaaaaaaaaaand it’s GONE!

Any other videos?

Reply to  NickB
3 years ago

Hard to promote the sport when you have most videos behind a paywall.

Or have to watch them in a foreign language

3 years ago

The underwater views are nice, but gotta tone it down a little. Swimmers were already inside flags once cameras switched

Reply to  PhillyMark
3 years ago

exactly – they are too slow on that one

Reply to  PhillyMark
3 years ago

Swimming videography pretty much sucks with the current trend of switching camera views two or three times every lap. I would love to be able to watch the entire race from one high center location. They can show all the other views on replays.

3 years ago

they are surely learning a damn lot through these championships . Owning so many relays in WR fashion is a big accomplishment . Same goes for the 800 free relay WR from Brazil

3 years ago

There is still the 4×50 and 4×100 men medley…
1:30:44 and 3:19:16 by russians..
I think Russia can down the 4×50 more (Rylov, Kostin, Vekovischev and Prigoda) or US take it (Murphy, Andrew, Dressel, Held), Cielo seems to be too slow now for Brazil to retake this WR..
The 4×100 can be taken down by US only..

Reply to  Rafael
3 years ago

pretty spot on predictions

3 years ago

Wow. At the finish, there is a swimmer who barely gets out of the way of the lane 1 swimmer

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