2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games
- When: Pool swimming: Saturday, July 24 – Sunday, August 1, 2021
- Open Water swimming: Wednesday, August 4 – Thursday, August 5, 2021
- Where: Olympic Aquatics Centre / Tokyo, Japan
- Heats: 7 PM / Semifinals & Finals: 10:30 AM (Local time)
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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.
|Andrei Minakov||Russian Olympic Committee||47.71|
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.
|Vladislav Grinev||Russian Olympic Committee||47.94|
|Vlad Morozov||Russian Olympic Committee||48.15|
|Kliment Kolesnikov||Russian Olympic Committee||48.40|