Tokyo Relay Splits: Chalmers’ 46.44 and Apple’s 46.69 Are 5th/11th, All-time

2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games

Men’s 4×100 Freestyle Relay

The United States men clocked their fastest 4×100 free relay since 2008, coming within .73 of their World Record set at the Beijing Olympics. Caeleb Dressel got the Americans off to a strong start with the fastest lead-off split in the field. His 47.26 tied for his 4th-fastest 100 free ever. Dressel is the top seed in the individual event at Tokyo with an entry time of 46.96, which is just .05 off Cesar Cielo’s World Record of 46.91.

Maxime Grousset of France posted the second-fastest lead-off with 47.52. It was his best performance by .37. Andrei Minakov from the Russian Olympic Committee went 47.71, edging Alessandro Miressi of Italy by .01.

Lead-off Splits

Swimmer Country Split
Caeleb Dressel USA 47.26
Maxime Grousset France 47.52
Andrei Minakov Russian Olympic Committee 47.71
Alessandro Miressi Italy 47.72
Brent Hayden Canada 47.99
Matthew Temple Australia 48.07
Kristof Milak Hungary 48.24
Breno Correia Brazil 48.69

Szebasztian Szabo of Hungary was the fastest in the 2nd position, splitting 47.44. Italy’s Thomas Ceccon was only .01 slower with 47.45. Florent Manaudou’s 47.62 pulled France into second place behind USA at the 200 meter mark. France swapped Manaudou for Charles Rihoux, who went 48.27 in prelims.

Kyle Chalmers and Zach Apple put up the 5th and 11th relay splits all-time with 46.44 and 46.69, respectively. Both swam in the anchor position. Chalmers helped Australia claim the bronze medal, knocking Canada, Hungary, and France out of contention. Apple kept the Americans solidly in front of runner-up Italy with his finish. Bowe Becker (47.44) and Blake Pieroni (47.58) had solid performances for USA, with the 5th and 11th best times of the morning.

Italy’s Ceccon, Lorenzo Zazzeri, and Manuel Frigo solidified Italy’s silver-medal performance with their 47-mids.

Canada’s best split came from Yuri Kisil, whose 47.15 was the 3rd-fastest in the field. Josh Liendo, swimming in the 2nd slot, went 47.51 for the 8th-fastest time overall.

Flying Splits

Swimmer Country Split
Kyle Chalmers Australia 46.44
Zach Apple USA 46.69
Yuri Kisil Canada 47.15
Lorenzo Zazzeri Italy 47.31
Bowe Becker USA 47.44
Szebasztian Szabo Hungary 47.44
Thomas Ceccon Italy 47.45
Josh Liendo Canada 47.51
Zac Incerti Australia 47.55
Nandor Nemeth Hungary 47.57
Blake Pieroni USA 47.58
Florent Manaudou France 47.62
Manuel Frigo Italy 47.63
Marcelo Chierighini Brazil 47.72
Richard Bohus Hungary 47.81
Mehdy Metella France 47.94
Vladislav Grinev Russian Olympic Committee 47.94
Clement Mignon France 48.01
Vlad Morozov Russian Olympic Committee 48.15
Alexander Graham Australia 48.16
Markus Thormeyer Canada 48.17
Pedro Spajari Brazil 48.24
Kliment Kolesnikov Russian Olympic Committee 48.40
Gabriel Santos Brazil 48.76


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1 month ago

chalmers v dressel looking like its going to be electric!

Reply to  Commenter
1 month ago

First to give an upvote

1 month ago

WC ‘19 400 FR Relay

Dressel Lead off – 47.63

Chalmers 3rd leg Split 47.06

WC ‘19 100 FR

Chalmers 47.08

Dressel 46.96

This is going to be epic

Reply to  612
1 month ago

Anchor Leg*

1 month ago

FYI, typo in 4th paragraph…. Chalmers was fast, but not 45.4 fast 😉

Keep up the great coverage & insightful analysis. Loving it.👍

Last edited 1 month ago by CoachRy
Reply to  CoachRy
1 month ago

It looked that fast- Chalmers bringing AUS from nowhere to nearly silver…yet again!

Reply to  torchbearer
1 month ago

That’s Australia at this point in the men’s 4×100, charmers is like to the other three give me something and I’ll figure out the rest. They went from 6th to around 0.1 off silver that’s insane

1 month ago

Damn Russian Olympic Committee sold

1 month ago

I wonder if that means he will now be swimming the mixed medley relay anchor leg as well?

Drama King
Reply to  Verram
1 month ago


Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Verram
1 month ago

My prediction:

Kaylee McKeown – Matthew Wilson – Emma McKeon – Kyle Chalmers

Reply to  Texas Tap Water
1 month ago

My guess is actually Larkin Hodges McKeon and Chalmers ….a lot will depend on the results of tomorrow’s 100 back finals

Relay Enthusiast
1 month ago

FYI Next year GB will have the following team:
Duncan Scott (has split sub 47 many times).
Matt Richards (18 years old and split 48.2 on lead-off).
Jacob Whittle (16 years old and split 47.5 on anchor).
Tom Dean (48.30 flat start and is only 21).

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  Relay Enthusiast
1 month ago

Someone didn’t make the final.

Relay Enthusiast
Reply to  The unoriginal Tim
1 month ago

We wouldn’t have won a medal this year anyway so doesn’t matter that much. Rests Scott and Dean for the 200. Richards and Whittle are very young. GB will be contenders in the next three years.

Reply to  The unoriginal Tim
1 month ago

They certainly learned their lesson the hard way.

But to cite them missing the final as an indictment of their potential in the future is laughably dumb

Aussie Crawl
Reply to  Relay Enthusiast
1 month ago

Scorned Pom.

1 month ago

46.4 has to be one of the most impressive splits of all time considering most of those ahead of him seem to have had a ride off someone or a super suit.

Honest Observer
Reply to  Togger
1 month ago

Or both.

Reply to  Togger
1 month ago

I’ll take Scott’s 46.1 to reel in Adrian as my personal favorite. It’s a shame GBR didn’t put him on the relay for prelims but we should get to see him on the medley again to see what he’s got in him this year, considering he opted for the IM over the 100 individually.

Relay Enthusiast
1 month ago

The US went 3:08.97 but could you imagine if they had Ryan Held on his 47.39 form.

He could’ve gone sub 47 split too. Two 46 splits and Dressel going 47.2 and they’d have been close.

Clownley Honks
Reply to  Relay Enthusiast
1 month ago

And Dean Farris went 47.0 in 2019, imagine what could have been if both of them had maintained that form.

Reply to  Relay Enthusiast
1 month ago

Could of, would have, should have…So happy for the guys who did show up at trials and won GOLD last night!

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