Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 100 metre medley relay

The men's 4 × 100 metre medley relay event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 3–4 August at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

Men's 4 × 100 metre medley relay
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
VenueLondon Aquatics Centre
DatesAugust 3, 2012 (heats)
August 4, 2012 (final)
Competitors84 from 16 nations
Winning time3:29.35
Medalists
 United States (USA)
Matt Grevers, Brendan Hansen, Michael Phelps, Nathan Adrian, Nick Thoman*, Eric Shanteau*, Tyler McGill*, Cullen Jones*
 Japan (JPN)
Ryosuke Irie, Kosuke Kitajima, Takeshi Matsuda, Takuro Fujii

 Australia (AUS)
Hayden Stoeckel, Christian Sprenger, Matt Targett, James Magnussen, Brenton Rickard*, Tommaso D'Orsogna*


*Indicates the swimmer only competed in the preliminary heats.

In the final race of his unprecedented career before a temporary retirement, Michael Phelps topped off with his eighteenth gold and twenty-second overall to officially become the most decorated Olympian of all time, as the U.S. men's team posted a textile best to defend the Olympic medley relay title since the event's inception in 1960. Trading the lead with Japan throughout the race, the solid foursome of Matt Grevers (52.58), Brendan Hansen (59.19), Phelps (50.73), and Nathan Adrian (46.85) put together a historic ending with a blazing fast finish in 3:29.35, just a fingertip short of their 2008 Olympic record during the high-tech bodysuit era.[2][3][4]

Japan's Ryosuke Irie (52.92), Kosuke Kitajima (58.64), Takeshi Matsuda (51.20), and Takuro Fujii (48.50) held on an arduous challenge with the Americans throughout the race before Adrian pulled off a lead in the freestyle leg, leaving them with a silver in 3:31.26.[5][6] Meanwhile, James Magnussen produced a magnificent freestyle anchor of 47.22 to deliver the Aussie foursome of Hayden Stoeckel (53.71), Christian Sprenger (59.05), and Matt Targett (51.60) a bronze-medal time in 3:31.58.[7][8][9]

Great Britain's Liam Tancock (53.40), Michael Jamieson (59.27), Michael Rock (51.74), and Adam Brown (47.91) missed the podium by almost three quarters of a second (0.75) with a fourth-place effort in 3:32.32.[10] Meanwhile, Hungary's László Cseh (53.40, a national-record split), Dániel Gyurta (59.01), Bence Pulai (51.82), and Dominik Kozma (48.79) claimed a fifth spot in 3:33.02 to hold off the agile German foursome of Helge Meeuw (53.78), Christian vom Lehn (1:00.30), and Deibler brothers Steffen (50.91) and Markus (48.07) by four-hundredths of a second, a sixth-place time in 3:33.06.[9] Netherlands (3:33.46) and Canada (3:34.19), anchored by freestyle swimmer and bronze medalist Brent Hayden, rounded out a historic championship finale.[9]

Records

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record United States (USA)
Aaron Peirsol (52.19)
Eric Shanteau (58.57)
Michael Phelps (49.72)
David Walters (46.80)
3:27.28Rome, Italy2 August 2009
Olympic record United States (USA)
Aaron Peirsol (53.16)
Brendan Hansen (59.27)
Michael Phelps (50.15)
Jason Lezak (46.76)
3:29.34Beijing, China17 August 2008

Results

Heats

[11]

RankHeatLaneNationSwimmersTimeNotes
124 United StatesNick Thoman (53.31)
Eric Shanteau (59.69)
Tyler McGill (51.53)
Cullen Jones (48.12)
3:32.65Q
211 Great BritainLiam Tancock (53.98)
Craig Benson (59.68)
Michael Rock (51.56)
Adam Brown (48.22)
3:33.44Q
323 JapanRyosuke Irie (53.08)
Kosuke Kitajima (59.47)
Takeshi Matsuda (52.09)
Takuro Fujii (49.00)
3:33.64Q
414 AustraliaHayden Stoeckel (53.89)
Brenton Rickard (59.95)
Matt Targett (51.30)
Tommaso D'Orsogna (48.59)
3:33.73Q
513 NetherlandsNick Driebergen (53.98)
Lennart Stekelenburg (1:00.52)
Joeri Verlinden (51.46)
Sebastiaan Verschuren (47.82)
3:33.78Q, NR
625 GermanyHelge Meeuw (53.82)
Christian vom Lehn (1:01.13)
Steffen Deibler (51.18)
Marco di Carli (48.15)
3:34.28Q
726 HungaryLászló Cseh (53.78) NR
Dániel Gyurta (59.63)
Bence Pulai (52.47)
Dominik Kozma (48.56)
3:34.44Q, NR
812 CanadaCharles Francis (53.91)
Scott Dickens (1:00.60)
Joe Bartoch (52.43)
Brent Hayden (47.52)
3:34.46Q
922 New ZealandGareth Kean (54.01)
Glenn Snyders (59.00)
Andrew McMillan (52.77)
Carl O'Donnell (48.74)
3:34.52
1027 FranceCamille Lacourt (53.63)
Giacomo Perez d'Ortona (1:00.03)
Romain Sassot (52.17)
Yannick Agnel (48.77)
3:34.60
1118 ChinaCheng Feiyi (53.70)
Li Xiayan (1:00.96)
Zhou Jiawei (51.44)
Lü Zhiwu (48.55)
3:34.65
1217 RussiaVladimir Morozov (53.99)
Vyacheslav Sinkevich (1:00.80)
Nikolay Skvortsov (51.83)
Andrey Grechin (48.32)
3:34.94
1328 South AfricaCharl Crous (55.23)
Cameron van der Burgh (58.96)
Chad le Clos (51.83)
Leith Shankland (49.21)
3:35.23
1415 ItalyMirco di Tora (54.67)
Fabio Scozzoli (1:00.28)
Matteo Rivolta (53.10)
Luca Dotto (48.83)
3:36.88
1516 BrazilThiago Pereira (54.45)
Felipe França Silva (1:00.77)
Kaio de Almeida (53.61)
Marcelo Chierighini (48.17)
3:37.00
1621 PolandRadosław Kawęcki (54.65)
Dawid Szulich (1:01.39)
Paweł Korzeniowski (52.40)
Kacper Majchrzak (49.72)
3:38.16

Final

RankLaneNationSwimmersTimeTime BehindNotes
4 United StatesMatt Grevers (52.58)
Brendan Hansen (59.19)
Michael Phelps (50.73)
Nathan Adrian (46.85)
3:29.35
3 JapanRyosuke Irie (52.92)
Kosuke Kitajima (58.64)
Takeshi Matsuda (51.20)
Takuro Fujii (48.50)
3:31.261.91
6 AustraliaHayden Stoeckel (53.71)
Christian Sprenger (59.05)
Matt Targett (51.60)
James Magnussen (47.22)
3:31.582.23
45 Great BritainLiam Tancock (53.40)
Michael Jamieson (59.27)
Michael Rock (51.74)
Adam Brown (47.91)
3:32.322.97
51 HungaryLászló Cseh (53.40) NR
Dániel Gyurta (59.01)
Bence Pulai (51.82)
Dominik Kozma (48.79)
3:33.023.67NR
67 GermanyHelge Meeuw (53.78)
Christian vom Lehn (1:00.30)
Steffen Deibler (50.91)
Markus Deibler (48.07)
3:33.063.71
72 NetherlandsNick Driebergen (53.79)
Lennart Stekelenburg (1:00.24)
Joeri Verlinden (51.86)
Sebastiaan Verschuren (47.57)
3:33.464.11NR
88 CanadaCharles Francis (54.16)
Scott Dickens (1:00.29)
Joe Bartoch (52.32)
Brent Hayden (47.42)
3:34.194.84

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