2019 PAN AMERICAN GAMES
- Villa Deportiva Nacional – Videna, Lima, Peru
- Tuesday, August 6th – Saturday, August 10th (pool swimming)
- Prelims 11 AM / Finals 8:30 PM (local time/US Central Time)
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MEN’S 4X100 MEDLEY RELAY FINAL
- World Record: 3:27.28, United States, 2009
- Pan Am Record: 3:32.68, Brazil, 2015
- 2015 Champion: Brazil, 3:32.68
- United States, 3:30.25
- Brazil, 3:30.98
- Argentina, 3:38.41
The United States and Brazil both took a bite out of the Pan American record in the 4×100 medley relay on Saturday night in Lima but it was the Americans who won the gold medal and etched their names in the record books. Daniel Carr, Nic Fink, Tom Shields, and Nathan Adrian combined for 3:30.25 to eclipse the Pan Am record by 2.43 seconds and beat Brazil by .73.
One of the factors that contributed to USA’s success was the rapidity of their starts. The cumulative reaction time of the four Americans was .86, more than half a second faster than that of the Brazilians, 1.43 seconds. There was also some fast swimming involved. Carr’s leadoff was his second-fastest 100 back, with only his gold-medal performance in the individual event (53.50) faster than his relay. Fink was nearly a second faster than his best flat-start 100 breast (59.40). Shields was better than he’d been on the medley relay at 2015 World Championships (50.59) and Adrian was faster than he’d swum on relays at 2015 Worlds (47.41), 2018 Pan Pacs (47.71), and 2019 Worlds (47.60). (Note: he was 46.74 anchoring the medley relay in Rio in 2016 and 47.00 at the end of the medley relay at Worlds in 2017.)
|United States||Reaction Time||Split||Brazil||Reaction Time||Split|
|Daniel Carr||0.55||53.95||Guilherme Guido||0.60||53.70|
|Nicolas Fink||0.16||1:52.52 (58.57)||João Gomes Junior||0.20||1:52.56 (58.86)|
|Thomas Shields||0.05||2:42.92 (50.40)||Vinicius Lanza||0.36||2:43.69 (51.13)|
|Nathan Adrian||0.10||3:30.25 (47.33)||Marcelo Chierighini||0.27||3:30.98 (47.29)|
It was an exciting race from start to finish. Guilherme Guido opened for Brazil with 53.70, giving a .25 lead to Joao Gomes Junior as he began the breaststroke. Carr, meanwhile, clocked a 53.95 to keep it close. Fink outsplit Gomes Junior and handed off to Shields with a lead of .04. Shields crushed his leg, outsplitting Vini Lanza by .73. Adrian brought it home in 47.33, holding Marcelo Chierighini at bay over the final 100 meters.
Brazil was also well under the old record in 3:30.98. Bronze medalists Argentina set a new National Record in 3:38.41.