SwimSwam Pulse is a recurring feature tracking and analyzing the results of our periodic A3 Performance Polls. You can cast your vote in our newest poll on the SwimSwam homepage, about halfway down the page on the right side, or you can find the poll embedded at the bottom of this post.
Our most recent poll asked SwimSwam readers to pick the most entertaining Olympic relay:
Question: Which Olympic relay do you find most entertaining?
- 4×100 medley relay – 59.4%
- 4×100 free relay – 26.9%
- 4×200 free relay – 13.7%
More than half of voters preferred the medley relay to either of the free relays at the Olympic Games, per our latest poll.
The poll tested readers preferences in a vacuum – without specifying men’s, women’s, or mixed relays and without factoring in the current fields. The medley relay gained more than double the votes of either free relay, with fans enjoying the changing strokes, and perhaps the abundance of big names in the medley, where nearly every individual gold medalist between the 100s of each stroke is typically represented, as opposed to only a few 100/200 free medalists dotting the free relay lineups.
The shorter relays clearly polled better than the longer 4×200 free relay, too. Behind the medley, the 4×100 free relay got 26.9% of the votes. That relay has been a show-stopper on the men’s side across this century in Olympic competition, with some famous chase-downs and upsets.
The 4×200 free relay pulled just 13.7% of the votes, coming third in our poll and supporting the idea that viewers generally find the sprints more entertaining that the more distance-oriented races that take longer to complete.
Below, vote in our new A3 Performance Poll, which asks voters to pick the most impressive world record set at the Tokyo Olympics:
The A3 Performance Poll is courtesy of A3 Performance, a SwimSwam partner