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 4×200 Freestyle Relay
The relay of Tom Dean, James Guy, Matthew Richards, and Duncan Scott combined for 6:58.58 to win Great Britain’s first-ever gold medal in the men’s 800 free relay. They downed the European Record and narrowly missed the World and Olympic Records by a mere several hundredths of a second. Dean and Scott had earned gold and silver in the 200 free individual event on Day 3 with 1:44.22 and 1:44.26 and the expectations were high for their chances with the relay.
Yet it was USA’s Kieran Smith with the fastest leadoff time. Smith went 1:44.74, his best time by 33 hundredths, to put the Americans out front on the first leg. Smith was in the 200 free final with Dean and Scott, but he came in sixth with 1:45.12. With his first sub-1:45, he moved to #3 all-time for U.S. performers.
Martin Malyutin of the Russian Olympic Committee notched the second-fastest leadoff, going 1:45.69 to put ROC in second place and .03 ahead of Great Britain’s Dean (1:45.72) going into the first exchange.
|Kieran Smith||United States||1:44.74|
|Martin Malyutin||Russian Olympic Committee||1:45.69|
|Tom Dean||Great Britain||1:45.72|
Dean handed off to Guy, whose 1:44.40 was the fastest split among second swimmers by nearly a full second. Australia’s Kyle Chalmers (1:45.35) and USA’s Drew Kibler (1:45.51) were the next-fastest splits in the second position. Guy pulled Great Britain into the lead, where they stayed for the next 16 laps.
Scott produced by far and away the fastest anchor, going 1:43.45. Thomas Neill powered Australia home in 1:44.74, earning the bronze medal and nearly catching Russia for the silver. Townley Haas of the United States threw down a solid 1:44.87 but it wasn’t enough to catch Neill for a spot on the podium. Russia’s Mikhail Dovgalyuk went 1:45.23, which turned out to be just enough to keep Neill at bay.
|Duncan Scott||4||Great Britain||1:43.45|
|James Guy||2||Great Britain||1:44.40|
|Townley Haas||4||United States||1:44.87|
|Matthew Richards||3||Great Britain||1:45.01|
|Mikhail Dovgalyuk||4||Russian Olympic Committee||1:45.23|
|Evgeny Rylov||3||Russian Olympic Committee||1:45.26|
|Drew Kibler||2||United States||1:45.51|
|Ivan Girev||2||Russian Olympic Committee||1:45.63|
|Murilo Setin Sartori||2||Brazil||1:46.09|
|Stefano di Cola||4||Italy||1:46.26|
|Zach Apple||3||United States||1:47.31|
|Henning Bennet Muhlleitner||3||Germany||1:48.04|
|Luiz Altamir Melo||4||Brazil||1:48.09|
Overall, Great Britain registered the #1, #2, #6, and #16 splits of the morning. The two fastest splits overall belonged to anchor Scott (1:43.45) and #2 swimmer Guy (1:44.40).