Swimming at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay

The men's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place on 9 August at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.[1]

Men's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
The American final team (Dwyer, Haas, Lochte, and Phelps), during the medal ceremony.
VenueOlympic Aquatics Stadium
Dates9 August 2016 (heats & final)
Competitors73 from 16 nations
Teams16
Winning time7:00.66
Medalists
 United States
Conor Dwyer, Townley Haas, Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps, Clark Smith*, Jack Conger*, Gunnar Bentz*
 Great Britain
Stephen Milne, Duncan Scott, Daniel Wallace, James Guy, Robbie Renwick*
 Japan
Kosuke Hagino, Naito Ehara, Yuki Kobori, Takeshi Matsuda
*Indicates the swimmer only competed in the preliminary heats.

After winning the 200 m butterfly title less than an hour earlier, the double gold rush continued for U.S. swimming icon Michael Phelps, as he helped his teammates Conor Dwyer, youngster Townley Haas, and eleven-time medalist Ryan Lochte solidify their historic seventeenth Olympic title in this event. The American foursome of Dwyer (1:45.23), Haas (1:44.14), Lochte (1:46.03), and Phelps (1:45.26) dominated the race from the start to put together a first-place finish in 7:00.26.[2][3] As the Americans defended their Olympic title, Phelps also earned a twenty-first gold to raise his overall medal tally to twenty-five.[4][5]

Great Britain's Stephen Milne (1:46.97), Duncan Scott (1:45.05), and Daniel Wallace (1:46.26) struggled to chase against the rest of the teams throughout the race, until anchor James Guy launched a late attack on the home stretch with a 1:44.85 split to deliver the British quartet a historic relay silver medal in 7:03.13.[6][7] Meanwhile, Japan's Kosuke Hagino (1:45.34), along with his teammates Naito Ehara (1:46.11) and Yuki Kobori (1:45.71) held the runner-up spot for three-fourths of the race, but their anchor and four-time Olympian Takeshi Matsuda (1:46.34) could not keep off Guy towards a close finish, leaving the Japanese with a bronze in a final time of 7:03.50.[8][9]

Australia's Thomas Fraser-Holmes (1:45.81), David McKeon (1:45.63), Daniel Smith (1:47.37), and Mack Horton (1:45.37) missed the podium by nearly three tenths of a second behind Japan, finishing with a fourth-place time in 7:04.18.[10] The Russian team of Danila Izotov (1:46.72), Aleksandr Krasnykh (1:45.67), Nikita Lobintsev (1:46.31), and Mikhail Dovgalyuk (1:47.00) picked up the fifth spot in 7:05.70, with Germany (7:07.28), the Netherlands (7:09.10), and Belgium (7:11.64) following them by a couple of seconds to round out the top eight.[9]

In the medal ceremony, the medals for the competition were presented by Karl Stoss, Austria, IOC member, and the gifts were presented by Pipat Panangvait, Thailand, Honorary Treasurer of FINA.

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

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

RankHeatLaneNationSwimmersTimeNotes
124 Great BritainStephen Milne (1:46.70)
Robbie Renwick (1:48.17)
Daniel Wallace (1:46.39)
Duncan Scott (1:45.05)
7:06.31Q
214 United StatesClark Smith (1:47.20)
Jack Conger (1:45.73)
Gunnar Bentz (1:48.01)
Ryan Lochte (1:45.80)
7:06.74Q
322 RussiaMikhail Dovgalyuk (1:46.91)
Vyacheslav Andrusenko (1:47.50)
Nikita Lobintsev (1:46.42)
Aleksandr Krasnykh (1:45.98)
7:06.81Q
426 GermanyFlorian Vogel (1:47.16)
Jacob Heidtmann (1:47.17)
Clemens Rapp (1:46.61)
Paul Biedermann (1:46.72)
7:07.66Q
527 JapanKosuke Hagino (1:46.60)
Naito Ehara (1:47.12)
Yuki Kobori (1:47.60)
Takeshi Matsuda (1:46.36)
7:07.68Q
625 AustraliaDaniel Smith (1:47.55)
Mack Horton (1:46.32)
Jacob Hansford (1:47.70)
Thomas Fraser-Holmes (1:46.41)
7:07.98Q
723 BelgiumLouis Croenen (1:48.35)
Dieter Dekoninck (1:46.57)
Emmanuel Vanluchene (1:47.79)
Glenn Surgeloose (1:46.01)
7:08.72Q
815 NetherlandsDion Dreesens (1:47.86)
Kyle Stolk (1:47.13)
Ben Schwietert (1:47.92)
Maarten Brzoskowski (1:46.25)
7:09.16Q
918 ItalyAndrea Mitchell D'Arrigo (1:47.65)
Alex di Giorgio (1:47.74)
Marco Belotti (1:47.01)
Gabriele Detti (1:46.80)
7:09.20
1017 South AfricaMyles Brown (1:46.47)
Sebastien Rousseau (1:48.35)
Calvyn Justus (1:49.04)
Dylan Bosch (1:48.75)
7:12.61
1112 SpainVictor Martín (1:48.74)
Miguel Durán (1:48.10)
Albert Puig (1:48.13)
Marc Sánchez (1:47.65)
7:12.62
1221 DenmarkAnders Lie Nielsen (1:47.62)
Daniel Skaaning (1:46.78)
Soren Dahl (1:47.43)
Magnus Westermann (1:50.83)
7:12.66NR
1316 FranceJordan Pothain (1:46.56)
Grégory Mallet (1:47.60)
Lorys Bourelly (1:48.62)
Damien Joly (1:50.93)
7:13.71
1411 BrazilLuiz Altamir Melo (1:48.19)
João de Lucca (1:47.77)
André Pereira (1:49.19)
Nicolas Oliveira (1:48.69)
7:13.84
13 PolandJan Świtkowski (1:47.95)
Paweł Korzeniowski (1:48.14)
Kacper Klich (1:49.52)
Kacper Majchrzak (1:45.50)
7:11.11DSQ[11]
28 HungaryPéter Bernek (1:47.69)
Gergő Kis (1:51.02)
Benjámin Grátz (1:48.71)
Dominik Kozma (1:51.09)
7:18.51DSQ[12]

Final

RankLaneNationSwimmersTimeNotes
5 United StatesConor Dwyer (1:45.23)
Townley Haas (1:44.14)
Ryan Lochte (1:46.03)
Michael Phelps (1:45.26)
7:00.66
4 Great BritainStephen Milne (1:46.97)
Duncan Scott (1:45.05)
Daniel Wallace (1:46.26)
James Guy (1:44.85)
7:03.13NR
2 JapanKosuke Hagino (1:45.34)
Naito Ehara (1:46.11)
Yuki Kobori (1:45.71)
Takeshi Matsuda (1:46.34)
7:03.50
47 AustraliaThomas Fraser-Holmes (1:45.81)
David McKeon (1:45.63)
Daniel Smith (1:47.37)
Mack Horton (1:45.37)
7:04.18
53 RussiaDanila Izotov (1:46.72)
Aleksandr Krasnykh (1:45.67)
Nikita Lobintsev (1:46.31)
Mikhail Dovgalyuk (1:47.00)
7:05.70
66 GermanyFlorian Vogel (1:47.16)
Christoph Fildebrandt (1:47.91)
Clemens Rapp (1:46.12)
Paul Biedermann (1:46.09)
7:07.28
78 NetherlandsDion Dreesens (1:47.58)
Maarten Brzoskowski (1:46.87)
Kyle Stolk (1:47.59)
Sebastiaan Verschuren (1:47.06)
7:09.10
81 BelgiumLouis Croenen (1:48.95)
Dieter Dekoninck (1:47.50)
Glenn Surgeloose (1:46.91)
Pieter Timmers (1:48.28)
7:11.64

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