Swimming at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 100 metre medley relay

The men's 4 × 100 metre medley relay event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro took place on 12–13 August at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.[1]

Men's 4 × 100 metre medley relay
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
VenueOlympic Aquatics Stadium
Dates12 August 2016 (heats)
13 August 2016 (final)
Competitors74 from 16 nations
Teams16
Winning time3:27:95 OR
Medalists
 United States
Ryan Murphy, Cody Miller, Michael Phelps, Nathan Adrian, David Plummer*, Kevin Cordes*, Tom Shields*, Caeleb Dressel*
 Great Britain
Chris Walker-Hebborn, Adam Peaty, James Guy, Duncan Scott
 Australia
Mitch Larkin, Jake Packard, David Morgan, Kyle Chalmers, Cameron McEvoy*
*Indicates the swimmer only competed in the preliminary heats.

In his final race before retirement, Michael Phelps led the U.S. men's team to a record-breaking triumph in the medley relay at the Games, finishing an illustrious career as the most decorated Olympian of all-time with his twenty-third gold medal and twenty-eighth overall.[2][3] The American foursome of Ryan Murphy (51.85), Cody Miller (59.03), Phelps (50.33), and Nathan Adrian (46.74) put together a historic ending with a gold-medal time and a new Olympic record of 3:27.95, shaving 1.39 seconds off the previous mark from Beijing 2008 on a since-banned, high-tech bodysuit.[4][5] Moreover, Murphy erased the 2009 world backstroke record (51.94) from Aaron Peirsol by nine hundredths of a second on the lead-off leg.[6][7]

Breaststroke world-record holder Adam Peaty threw down the fastest breaststroke split ever in 56.59 to deliver the British team of Chris Walker-Hebborn (53.68), James Guy (51.35), and Duncan Scott (47.62) a brief lead on the second leg, before the Americans edged them out to the front at the remaining laps of the race, leaving Great Britain with a silver medal and a national record in 3:29.24.[8][9] Meanwhile, Kyle Chalmers produced a sterling freestyle anchor of 46.72 to give the Australian foursome of Mitch Larkin (53.19), Jake Packard (58.84), and David Morgan (51.18) the country's bronze-medal repeat from London 2012 with a final time of 3:29.93.[10][11]

Outside the podium and the 3:30 club, the Russian quartet of Evgeny Rylov (52.90), Anton Chupkov (59.10), Aleksandr Sadovnikov (52.08), and Vladimir Morozov (47.22) picked up the fourth spot in 3:31.30, with Japan's Ryosuke Irie (53.46), Yasuhiro Koseki (58.65), Takuro Fujii (51.56), and Katsumi Nakamura (48.30) following them by 67-hundredths of a second to finish fifth in 3:31.97.[12] Brazil's Guilherme Guido (54.23), João Gomes Júnior (58.59), Henrique Martins (51.52), and Marcelo Chierighini (48.50) enjoyed racing in front of the home crowd to take the sixth spot with a 3:32.84, while Germany (3:33.50), highlighted by breaststroker and 2015 world champion Marco Koch, rounded out the championship field. China was disqualified from the race, because of an early relay takeover by butterfly swimmer Li Zhuhao.[11]

The medals for the competition were presented by Kirsty Coventry, IOC member, Zimbabwe, and the gifts were presented by Vladimir Salnikov, bureau member of the FINA.

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

The following records were established during the competition:

DateEventNameNationalityTimeRecord
13 AugustFinalRyan Murphy United States51.85WRBK
13 AugustFinalRyan Murphy (51.85)
Cody Miller (59.03)
Michael Phelps (50.33)
Nathan Adrian (46.74)
 United States3:27.95OR

BK – Backstroke lead-off leg

Results

Heats

A total of sixteen countries qualified to participate. The best eight from two heats advanced to the final.

RankHeatLaneNationSwimmersTimeNotes
115 Great BritainChris Walker-Hebborn (53.68)
Adam Peaty (57.49)
James Guy (51.48)
Duncan Scott (47.82)
3:30.47Q, NR
224 United StatesDavid Plummer (52.70)
Kevin Cordes (59.51)
Tom Shields (51.88)
Caeleb Dressel (47.74)
3:31.83Q
323 JapanRyosuke Irie (53.57)
Yasuhiro Koseki (59.02)
Takuro Fujii (51.83)
Katsumi Nakamura (48.01)
3:32.33Q
414 AustraliaMitch Larkin (53.53)
Jake Packard (59.80)
David Morgan (51.25)
Cameron McEvoy (47.99)
3:32.57Q
428 ChinaXu Jiayu (53.45)
Li Xiang (59.17)
Li Zhuhao (51.81)
Ning Zetao (48.14)
3:32.57Q
612 RussiaGrigory Tarasevich (53.54)
Anton Chupkov (59.39)
Evgeny Koptelov (51.98)
Alexander Sukhorukov (48.04)
3:32.95Q
726 BrazilGuilherme Guido (53.96)
Felipe França Silva (59.64)
Henrique Martins (51.64)
Marcelo Chierighini (47.72)
3:32.96Q
813 GermanyJan-Philip Glania (53.86)
Christian vom Lehn (1:00.17)
Steffen Deibler (51.51)
Damian Wierling (48.13)
3:33.67Q
927 HungaryGábor Balog (54.08)
Dániel Gyurta (59.91)
Bence Pulai (51.82)
Richárd Bohus (48.08)
3:33.89
1025 FranceCamille Lacourt (53.68)
Theo Bussiere (1:01.22)
Jérémy Stravius (51.70)
Clement Mignon (47.87)
3:34.47
1111 ItalySimone Sabbioni (54.71)
Andrea Toniato (1:00.62)
Piero Codia (51.78)
Luca Dotto (47.74)
3:34.85
1216 PolandRadosław Kawęcki (54.68)
Marcin Stolarski (1:00.32)
Konrad Czerniak (51.82)
Kacper Majchrzak (48.36)
3:35.18
1322 South AfricaChristopher Reid (54.26)
Cameron van der Burgh (59.87)
Dylan Bosch (52.94)
Devon Brown (48.43)
3:35.50
1418 LithuaniaDanas Rapšys (54.85)
Giedrius Titenis (59.68)
Deividas Margevicius (53.08)
Simonas Bilis (48.29)
3:35.90
1521 GreeceApostolos Christou (54.68)
Panagiotis Samilidis (1:00.87)
Andreas Vazaios (53.27)
Kristian Gkolomeev (47.93)
3:36.75
1617 CanadaJavier Acevedo (54.70)
Jason Block (1:00.80)
Mackenzie Darragh (53.53)
Yuri Kisil (47.89)
3:36.92

Final

RankLaneNationSwimmersTimeNotes
5 United StatesRyan Murphy (51.85) WR
Cody Miller (59.03)
Michael Phelps (50.33)
Nathan Adrian (46.74)
3:27.95OR
4 Great BritainChris Walker-Hebborn (53.68)
Adam Peaty (56.59)
James Guy (51.35)
Duncan Scott (47.62)
3:29.24NR
6 AustraliaMitch Larkin (53.19)
Jake Packard (58.84)
David Morgan (51.18)
Kyle Chalmers (46.72)
3:29.93
47 RussiaEvgeny Rylov (52.90)
Anton Chupkov (59.10)
Aleksandr Sadovnikov (52.08)
Vladimir Morozov (47.22)
3:31.30
53 JapanRyosuke Irie (53.46)
Yasuhiro Koseki (58.65)
Takuro Fujii (51.56)
Katsumi Nakamura (48.30)
3:31.97
61 BrazilGuilherme Guido (54.23)
João Gomes Júnior (58.59)
Henrique Martins (51.52)
Marcelo Chierighini (48.50)
3:32.84
78 GermanyJan-Philip Glania (54.14)
Marco Koch (59.63)
Steffen Deibler (51.69)
Damian Wierling (48.04)
3:33.50
2 ChinaXu Jiayu (53.21)
Li Xiang (58.59)
Li Zhuhao
Ning Zetao (47.95)
DSQ (3:30.70)

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