The relatively new 4x100m mixed medley relay brought another world record for the Americans as they took the top seed heading into tonight’s finals where they’re the favorites for the gold.
The team that comprised of Ryan Murphy, Kevin Cordes, Kendyl Stewart and Lia Neal broke the previous 3:44.o2 world record held by Great Britain that they set back at the 2014 European Championships.
That record has yet to be officially recognized by FINA who listed Australia’s 3:46.52 from January of 2014 as the official world record heading into the World Championships. Due to the unrecognized record, the Russian team officially broke the world record with a 3:45.87 in heat two before the Americans re-broke it one heat later.
Murphy was sublime, leading out with a backstroke split time (52.18) which would have secured the gold medal in last night’s individual 100m backstroke final. Murphy’s swim was the fifth fastest 100m backstroke performance ever and makes him the fourth fastest performer all time in the event.
USA’s WR SPLITS
- Murphy – 52.18
- Cordes – 58.33
- Stewart – 57.78
- Neal – 54.04
Great Britain placed 2nd in heat three with a 3.44.39; a full second faster than the Russian’s time from heat two.
In the fourth and final heat Germany posted a 3.45.39, which had they drawn an earlier heat would have also been under the previously recognized world record.
All of the top three teams swum their two male athletes first (backstroke and breaststroke), followed by their two female athletes (butterfly and freestyle). The final is shaping up to be a very exciting event. The teams proceeding to the final are:
- Great Britain
With all these strong teams head-to-head, one can’t help but feel the WR may be under threat once again in the finals.