Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay

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Men's 4×200 metre freestyle relay
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Aquatics Center
Date August 12, 2008 (heats)
August 13, 2008 (final)
Competitors 73 from 16 nations
Winning time 6:58.56 WR
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
«2004 2012»
Swimming events at the
2008 Summer Olympics
Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
Freestyle
50 m   men   women
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Breaststroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Butterfly
100 m men women
200 m men women
Individual medley
200 m men women
400 m men women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m men women
4×200 m men women
Medley relay
4×100 m men women
Marathon
10 km men women

The men's 4×200 metre freestyle relay event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 12–13 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

The U.S. men's team smashed both the seven-minute barrier and the world record to keep Michael Phelps' gold-medal streak alive and most importantly, to defend their Olympic title in the event. The American foursome of Phelps (1:43.31, the second fastest split in history), Ryan Lochte (1:44.28), Ricky Berens (1:46.29), and Peter Vanderkaay (1:44.68) blistered the field, and prevailed in a sterling time of 6:58.56 to shave off their standard by almost five seconds from the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne.[2][3] Earlier in the prelims, Berens (1:45.47) and his teammates David Walters (1:46.57), Erik Vendt (1:47.11), and Klete Keller (1:45.51) registered a top-seeded time of 7:04.66 from heat two to demolish Australia's 2000 Olympic record by 2.39 seconds.[4][5]

Russia's Nikita Lobintsev (1:46.64), Yevgeny Lagunov (1:46.56), Danila Izotov (1:45.86), and Alexander Sukhorukov (1:44.65) trailed behind the Americans by over five body lengths to take home the silver in a European record of 7:03.70.[6] Meanwhile, Australia's Patrick Murphy (1:45.95), Grant Hackett (1:45.87), Grant Brits (1:47.13), and Nic Ffrost (1:46.03) picked up a bronze in 7:04.98 to hold off the agile Italian quartet of Marco Belotti (1:47.37), Emiliano Brembilla (1:47.33), Massimiliano Rosolino (1:46.53), and Filippo Magnini (1:44.12) by 37-hundredths of a second, a national record of 7:05.35.[7][8]

Canada's Brent Hayden (1:44.42) helped his teammates Colin Russell (1:46.89), Brian Johns (1:47.61), Brent Hayden (1:44.42), and Andrew Hurd (1:46.85) claim a fifth spot in a national record of 7:05.77.[9] Great Britain (7:05.92), Japan (7:10.31), and South Africa (7:13.02), led by fourth-place finalist Jean Basson, rounded out the field.[8]

Records[edit]

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

World record  United States (USA)
Michael Phelps (1:45.36)
Ryan Lochte (1:45.86)
Klete Keller (1:46.31)
Peter Vanderkaay (1:45.71)
7:03.24 Melbourne, Australia 30 March 2007 [10]
Olympic record  Australia (AUS)
Ian Thorpe (1:46.03)
Michael Klim (1:46.40)
Todd Pearson (1:47.36)
Bill Kirby (1:47.26)
7:07.05 Sydney, Australia 19 September 2000 -

The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 12 Heat 2 David Walters (1:46.57)
Ricky Berens (1:45.47)
Erik Vendt (1:47.11)
Klete Keller (1:45.51)
United States 7:04.66 OR
August 13 Final Michael Phelps (1:43.31)
Ryan Lochte (1:44.28)
Ricky Berens (1:46.29)
Peter Vanderkaay (1:44.68)
United States 6:58.56 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Nationality Name Time Notes
1 2 4 United States David Walters (1:46.57)
Ricky Berens (1:45.47)
Erik Vendt (1:47.11)
Klete Keller (1:45.51)
7:04.66 Q, OR
2 1 4 Italy Nicola Cassio (1:48.76)
Marco Belotti (1:45.82)
Emiliano Brembilla (1:46.46)
Massimiliano Rosolino (1:46.80)
7:07.84 Q, EU
3 1 6 Russia Mikhail Polishchuk (1:48.54)
Danila Izotov (1:47.24)
Nikita Lobintsev (1:46.84)
Alexander Sukhorukov (1:45.24)
7:07.86 Q
4 2 3 Great Britain David Carry (1:46.47) NR
Andrew Hunter (1:46.88)
Ross Davenport (1:47.15)
Robert Renwick (1:47.39)
7:07.89 Q, NR
5 1 5 Canada Brian Johns (1:47.44)
Rick Say (1:47.24)
Adam Sioui (1:47.05)
Andrew Hurd (1:46.31)
7:08.04 Q
6 2 5 Australia Nic Ffrost (1:47.47)
Grant Brits (1:46.84)
Kirk Palmer (1:47.02)
Leith Brodie (1:47.08)
7:08.41 Q
7 1 7 Japan Yoshihiro Okumura (1:47.19)
Sho Uchida (1:46.59)
Yasunori Mononobe (1:47.29)
Hisato Matsumoto (1:48.05)
7:09.12 Q, AS
8 2 2 South Africa Jean Basson (1:45.99)
Darian Townsend (1:46.14)
Jan Venter (1:48.32)
Sebastien Rousseau (1:50.46)
7:10.91 Q, AF
9 2 6 Austria Dominik Koll (1:47.72) NR
David Brandl (1:46.45)
Florian Janistyn (1:50.48)
Markus Rogan (1:46.80)
7:11.45
10 1 2 China Zhang Lin (1:46.13)
Zhang Enjian (1:49.31)
Sun Yang (1:48.73)
Shi Haoran (1:49.40)
7:13.57
10 1 8 France Clement Lefert (1:48.34)
Sébastien Bodet (1:49.47)
Matthieu Madelaine (1:49.87)
Amaury Leveaux (1:45.89)
7:13.57
12 1 1 Germany Paul Biedermann (1:47.48)
Benjamin Starke (1:48.51)
Christian Kubusch (1:49.28)
Stefan Herbst (1:48.65)
7:13.92
13 2 1 Hungary Gergő Kis (1:47.39)
Tamás Kerékjártó (1:49.09)
Dominik Kozma (1:49.26)
Norbert Kovács (1:48.40)
7:14.14
14 2 7 Poland Łukasz Gąsior (1:49.43)
Łukasz Wójt (1:48.54)
Michał Rokicki (1:51.14)
Przemysław Stańczyk (1:48.98)
7:18.09
15 2 8 Greece Andreas Zisimos (1:49.05)
Nikos Xylouris (1:49.53)
Ioannis Giannoulis (1:48.96)
Vasileios Demetis (1:50.72)
7:18.26
16 1 3 Brazil Nicolas Oliveira (1:49.49)
Rodrigo Castro (1:48.31)
Phillip Morrison (1:49.35)
Lucas Salatta (1:52.39)
7:19.54

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Nationality Name Time Time behind Notes
1 4 United States Michael Phelps (1:43.31)
Ryan Lochte (1:44.28)
Ricky Berens (1:46.29)
Peter Vanderkaay (1:44.68)
6:58.56 WR
2 3 Russia Nikita Lobintsev (1:46.64)
Yevgeny Lagunov (1:46.56)
Danila Izotov (1:45.86)
Alexander Sukhorukov (1:44.65)
7:03.70 5.14 EU
3 7 Australia Patrick Murphy (1:45.95)
Grant Hackett (1:45.87)
Grant Brits (1:47.13)
Nic Ffrost (1:46.03)
7:04.98 6.42
4 5 Italy Marco Belotti (1:47.37)
Emiliano Brembilla (1:47.33)
Massimiliano Rosolino (1:46.53)
Filippo Magnini (1:44.12)
7:05.35 6.79 NR
5 2 Canada Colin Russell (1:46.89)
Brian Johns (1:47.61)
Brent Hayden (1:44.42)
Andrew Hurd (1:46.85)
7:05.77 7.21 NR
6 6 Great Britain David Carry (1:46.78)
Andrew Hunter (1:46.73)
Robbie Renwick (1:46.16)
Ross Davenport (1:46.25)
7:05.92 7.36 NR
7 1 Japan Yoshihiro Okumura (1:46.61)
Sho Uchida (1:47.36)
Yasunori Mononobe (1:47.72)
Hisato Matsumoto (1:48.62)
7:10.31 11.75
8 8 South Africa Jean Basson (1:46.67)
Darian Townsend (1:47.24)
Jan Venter (1:49.56)
Sebastien Rousseau (1:49.55)
7:13.02 14.46

References[edit]

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