Watch Team USA’s World Record Mixed 4 x 100 Free Relay From Under Water

2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

One of three gold medals Caeleb Dressel won in a single session of racing at the 2019 FINA World Championships last week in South Korea, the American team of Dressel, Zach Apple, Mallory Comerford, and Simone Manuel captured gold and set a new World Record in the mixed 4 x 100 freestyle relay in 3:19.40, just edging the Australian team who finished in 3:19.97.

Reported by Lauren Neidigh:

MIXED 4×100 FREE RELAY – FINAL

  • World Record: USA, 2017, 3:19.60
  • World Junior Record: Canada, 2017, 3:26.65
  • World Championships Record: USA, 2017, 3:19.60
  • 2017 Defending World Champion: USA, 3:19.60

Medalists:

  1. GOLD- USA, 3:19.40
  2. SILVER- Australia, 3:19.97
  3. BRONZE- France, 3:22.11

The USA and Australia were nearly dead even with their leadoffs as Caeleb Dressel clocked in at 47.34 to edge out Kyle Chalmers (47.37) by a nail. Zach Apple then picked up the lead for the Americans on the 2nd leg with a 47.34 of his own. Australia then took over the lead as Emma McKeon split a 52.06 on the 3rd leg. It came down to Simone Manuel and Bronte Campbell (52.36), as Manuel split a 52.00 to earn the USA a gold in a new World Record time of 3:19.60. Australia’s 3:19.97 was a new Australian Record.

Splits:

  • USA- Dressel 47.34, Apple 47.34, Comerford 52.72, Manuel 52.00
  • AUS- Chalmers 47.37, Lewis 48.18, McKeon 52.06, B. Campbell 52.36
  • FRA- Mignon 48.44, Metella 47.78, Bonnet 52.87, Wattel 53.02

The race for bronze was tight between France and Canada. The Canadians were in 8th at the halfway mark, while France’s Mehdy Metella split a 47.78 on the 2nd leg to put them in 4th. Marie Wattel(53.02) anchored for France to pull them ahead of Russia (3:22.72) for the bronze. Canada was just off the podium in 4th a 3:22.54. They nearly caught France as Penny Oleksiak split a 52.00 on the anchor. Notably, Oleksiak tied for the fastest split of the field with Manuel. The two also tied for Olympic gold in 2016. Russia wound up behind them in 5th, highlighted by a 47.31 split by Vlad Morozov on the 2nd leg.

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