Team USA 400 Medley Relay Discusses DQ – Post Race Interview

Men’s 4×100 medley relay, Team USA disqualified (DQ), complete race footage is courtesy of swimswam partner Universal Sports Network. 

Swimswam / Jeff Grace coverage of the men’s 4×100 medley relay at the 2013 FINA World Championships:

Before the event began it looked as though the American relay that consisted of Matt Grevers,Kevin CordesRyan Lochte and Nathan Adrian would be a lock to win. Throughout the race and at the finish it looked like they had done what was expected of them, but that wasn’t the case, as officials disqualified the team due Cordes leaving early on a relay exchange.

After the race Adrian spoke to the press as reported by ESPN explaining that the mistake is a team mistake and that it shouldn’t fall on the shoulders of one individual, “A relay disqualification is not a particular individual’s fault,” said Nathan Adrian “It’s Team USA’s fault and it falls on all of our shoulders.”

“If us four ever step up again, we’re never going to have a disqualification, that’s for sure,” said Adrian. “It will really motivate him. I don’t doubt if in the next couple years we’re going to have the fastest breaststroker in the world swimming for Team USA. This could be a catalyst for that.”

With the Americans’ disqualified France took the gold. The team of Camille Lacourt, Giacomo Perez-DortonaJeremy Stravius and Fabien Gilot had a back and forth race with the Australians.

The team consisting of Ashley DelaneyChristian SprengerTommaso D’Orsongna and James Magnussen were behind the French by 24 one-hundredths of a second going into the final 100 meters. Even with Magnussen, the 100 freestyle world champion, anchoring the relay they could not make up the difference losing to the French by 13 one-hundredths of a second.

France won the gold in a time of 3:31.51 followed by Australia who finished in a time of 3:31.64.

The Japanese team consisting of Ryosuke IrieKosuke KitajimaTakuro Fujii and Shinri Shiohura finished third in a time of 3:32.26.

The Russians finished fourth in a time of 3:32.74, the Germans finished fifth in a time of 3:33.97, the Italians finished sixth in a time of 3:34.06 just ahead of Hungary that finished in  seventh in a time of 3:34.09.

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7 years ago

Poor Cordes. Had to speak on camera right after the race. They handled themselves with class and perhaps the public should listen to what the great Mat Grevers said. Not all the blame and should be on Cordes. .01 is what we’re talking about.
Great coverage of meet Swim Swam!

7 years ago

Naturally any relay swimmer learns you have to handle a DQ with some degree of grace. Throw a guy under the bus one time and you will be dealing the karma one day. At least this wasn’t the Olympics, when things really matter.

7 years ago

poor Cordes. Can’t believe he had to do this interview right after the race. They all handled themselves with class and people should listen to the great Matt Grevers and realize that all of the blame should not be put on the kid. .01…

Great coverage by Swimswam, btw.

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