Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay

The men's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 31 July at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

Men's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
VenueLondon Aquatics Centre
DatesJuly 31, 2012 (heats & final)
Competitors84 from 16 nations
Winning time6:59.70
Medalists
 United States (USA)
Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer, Ricky Berens, Michael Phelps, Charlie Houchin*, Matt McLean*, Davis Tarwater*
 France (FRA)
Amaury Leveaux, Grégory Mallet, Clément Lefert, Yannick Agnel, Jérémy Stravius*

 China (CHN)
Hao Yun, Li Yunqi, Jiang Haiqi, Sun Yang, Lü Zhiwu*, Dai Jun*


*Indicates the swimmer only competed in the preliminary heats.

The U.S. men's team smashed the seven-minute barrier in textile to defend the Olympic title in the event, and most importantly, to keep Michael Phelps' all-time record alive. The American foursome of Ryan Lochte (1:45.15), Conor Dwyer (1:45.23), Ricky Berens (1:45.27), and Phelps (1:44.05) dominated the race from the start to put together a blazing fast finish in 6:59.70.[2][3] As the Americans defended their Olympic title, Phelps also surpassed Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina to become the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time with a remarkable career tally of nineteen medals (15 golds, 2 silver, and 2 bronze).[4][5]

France's Amaury Leveaux (1:46.70), Grégory Mallet (1:46.83), Clément Lefert (1:46.00), and Yannick Agnel (1:43.24, the fastest split in the field) trailed behind their newest rivals in the pool by a couple of seconds to take home the silver in 7:02.77.[6] Meanwhile, China's Hao Yun (1:47.12), Li Yunqi (1:46.46), and Jiang Haiqi (1:47.17) struggled to keep their momentum throughout the race before Sun Yang dove into the pool at the final exchange. Sun then produced an astonishing anchor of 1:45.55 to deliver the Chinese team a historic relay bronze medal in 7:06.30, holding off the aggressive German foursome of Paul Biedermann (1:46.15), Dimitri Colupaev (1:46.36), Tim Wallburger (1:47.48), and Clemens Rapp (1:46.60) by 29-hundredths of a second with a fourth-place finish (7:06.59).[7][8]

Australia's Thomas Fraser-Holmes (1:46.13), Kenrick Monk (1:46.67), Ned McKendry (1:47.60), and Ryan Napoleon (1:46.60) finished fifth in 7:07.00, while Great Britain (7:09.33), South Africa (7:09.65), and Hungary (7:13.66) also vied for an Olympic medal to round out a historic finish.[8][9]

Records

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

World record United States (USA)
Michael Phelps (1:44.49)
Ricky Berens (1:44.13)
David Walters (1:45.47)
Ryan Lochte (1:44.46)
6:58.55Rome, Italy31 July 2009
Olympic record United States (USA)
Michael Phelps (1:43.31)
Ryan Lochte (1:44.28)
Ricky Berens (1:46.29)
Peter Vanderkaay (1:44.68)
6:58.56Beijing, China13 August 2008

Results

Heats

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RankHeatLaneNationSwimmersTimeNotes
124 United StatesCharlie Houchin (1:48.22)
Matt McLean (1:46.68)
Davis Tarwater (1:46.33)
Conor Dwyer (1:45.52)
7:06.75Q
214 FranceJérémy Stravius (1:47.42)
Grégory Mallet (1:47.56)
Amaury Leveaux (1:47.87)
Clément Lefert (1:46.33)
7:09.18Q
315 GermanyTim Wallburger (1:48.10)
Dimitri Colupaev (1:47.47)
Clemens Rapp (1:48.04)
Paul Biedermann (1:45.62)
7:09.23Q
423 AustraliaDavid McKeon (1:48.25)
Cameron McEvoy (1:47.89)
Ned McKendry (1:47.55)
Ryan Napoleon (1:46.81)
7:10.50Q
526 Great BritainDavid Carry (1:48.82)
Ross Davenport (1:47.59)
Rob Bale (1:47.85)
Robbie Renwick (1:46.44)
7:10.70Q
625 ChinaLü Zhiwu (1:48.83)
Li Yunqi (1:47.27)
Jiang Haiqi (1:47.56)
Dai Jun (1:47.69)
7:11.35Q
718 South AfricaDarian Townsend (1:48.09)
Jean Basson (1:48.12)
Sebastien Rousseau (1:47.67)
Chad le Clos (1:47.63)
7:11.51Q
812 HungaryDominik Kozma (1:47.24)
Péter Bernek (1:48.94)
László Cseh (1:48.19)
Gergő Kis (1:47.27)
7:11.64Q
913 JapanYuki Kobori (1:48.00)
Sho Sotodate (1:47.30)
Chiaki Ishibashi (1:48.38)
Yuya Horihata (1:48.06)
7:11.74
1021 RussiaArtem Lobuzov (1:48.30)
Yevgeny Lagunov (1:47.40)
Mikhail Polishchuk (1:48.82)
Alexander Sukhorukov (1:47.34)
7:11.86
1116 ItalyGianluca Maglia (1:48.39)
Alex di Giorgio (1:47.93)
Riccardo Maestri (1:47.94)
Marco Belotti (1:48.53)
7:12.69
1228 BelgiumDieter Dekoninck (1:48.62)
Glenn Surgeloose (1:48.22)
Louis Croenen (1:49.32)
Pieter Timmers (1:48.28)
7:14.44NR
1311 DenmarkDaniel Skaaning (1:48.98)
Pál Joensen (1:49.40)
Anders Lie (1:47.59)
Mads Glæsner (1:49.07)
7:15.04NR
1427 CanadaBlake Worsley (1:48.23)
Colin Russell (1:48.54)
Tobias Oriwol (1:49.24)
Alec Page (1:49.21)
7:15.22
1517 New ZealandMatthew Stanley (1:47.88)
Steven Kent (1:49.92)
Dylan Dunlop-Barrett (1:49.51)
Andrew McMillan (1:49.87)
7:17.18
1622 AustriaDavid Brandl (1:49.80)
Christian Scherübl (1:48.64)
Markus Rogan (1:48.13)
Florian Janistyn (1:51.37)
7:17.94

Final

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RankLaneNationSwimmersTimeTime behindNotes
4 United StatesRyan Lochte (1:45.15)
Conor Dwyer (1:45.23)
Ricky Berens (1:45.27)
Michael Phelps (1:44.05)
6:59.70
5 FranceAmaury Leveaux (1:46.70)
Grégory Mallet (1:46.83)
Clément Lefert (1:46.00)
Yannick Agnel (1:43.24)
7:02.773.07NR
7 ChinaHao Yun (1:47.12)
Li Yunqi (1:46.46)
Jiang Haiqi (1:47.17)
Sun Yang (1:45.55)
7:06.306.60
43 GermanyPaul Biedermann (1:46.15)
Dimitri Colupaev (1:46.36)
Tim Wallburger (1:47.48)
Clemens Rapp (1:46.60)
7:06.596.89
56 AustraliaThomas Fraser-Holmes (1:46.13)
Kenrick Monk (1:46.67)
Ned McKendry (1:47.60)
Ryan Napoleon (1:46.60)
7:07.007.30
62 Great BritainRobbie Renwick (1:46.93)
Ieuan Lloyd (1:47.40)
Rob Bale (1:47.45)
Ross Davenport (1:47.55)
7:09.339.63
71 South AfricaDarian Townsend (1:47.25)
Sebastien Rousseau (1:47.36)
Chad le Clos (1:47.15)
Jean Basson (1:47.89)
7:09.659.95
88 HungaryDominik Kozma (1:46.94)
László Cseh (1:48.06)
Péter Bernek (1:48.74)
Gergő Kis (1:49.92)
7:13.6613.96

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