2021 FINA SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
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MEN’S 4×200 FREESTYLE – FINALS
- World Record: 6:46.81 – Brazil – 14 DEC 2018
- Championship Record: 6:46.81 – Brazil – 14 DEC 2018
- GOLD: United States – 6:47.00
- SILVER: Russian Swimming Federation – 6:49.12
- BRONZE: Brazil – 6:49.60
In an upset of sorts, the United States men pulled off a dominant victory in the men’s 4×200 free relay tonight, swimming out of lane 1. Kieran Smith set the tone nicely for the Americans, swimming a huge personal best of 1:41.79 on the lead-off leg to give his team a 0.72-second lead. Trenton Julian went next for the U.S., swimming a 1:41.35 to expand the lead over the field. Carson Foster then dove in, expanding the lead further with aa 1:41.65, before Ryan Held sealed the deal with a 1:42.21 anchor.
The swim narrowly missed the World Record of 6:46.81, which is held by Brazil. It did, however, shatter the American Record, which stood at 6:49.58 from the 2010 SC World Championships. That team featured Peter Vanderkaay, Ryan Lochte, Garrett Weber-Gale, and Ricky Berens. Here is the split comparison between the previous American Record, and the Americans’ performance tonight:
|Split||United States 2021 SC World Champs (New American Record)||United States 2010 SC World Champs (Previous American Record)|
|1st Leg||Kieran Smith (1:41.79)||Peter Vanderkaay (1:43.83)|
|2nd Leg||Trenton Julian (1:41.35)||Ryan Lochte (1:40.48)|
|3rd Leg||Carson Foster (1:41.65)||Garrett Weber-Gale (1:42.89)|
|4th Leg||Ryan Held (1:42.21)||Ricky Berens (1:42.38)|
Tonight’s squad was faster on every leg, except the 2nd, where Ryan Lochte posted a blistering 1:40.48 back in 2010.
There was another pair of national records that went down in finals tonight as well. The Italian squad of Matteo Ciampi (1:42.93), Thomas Ceccon (1:44.23), Filippo Megli (1:42.99), and Alberto Razzetti (1:41.33) teamed up for a 6:51.48, finishing 4th. They downed the previous record, which stood at 6:51.80, from the 2014 SC World Champs.
Ireland also downed their record. Finishing 6th, Jack McMillan (1:42.84), Jordan Sloan (1:44.94), Finn McGeever (1:45.84), and Robert Powell (1:45.92) posted a 6:59.54. They demolished the previous record of 7:02.35, which was set in prelims.