Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 100 metre medley relay

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Men's 4×100 metre medley relay
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Aquatics Center
Date August 15, 2008 (heats)
August 17, 2008 (final)
Competitors 75 from 16 nations
Winning time 3:29.34 WR
Medalists
Gold medal 
Silver medal 
Bronze medal 
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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 4×100 metre medley relay event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 15 and 17 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Since the event's inception in 1960, the U.S. men's team dominated the race from the start to demolish a new world record, to defend their title, and most importantly, to wrap up the greatest performance in Olympic history for Michael Phelps. Joining Aaron Peirsol (53.16), Brendan Hansen (59.37), and Jason Lezak (46.76), Phelps delivered a butterfly split of 50.15 to maintain a leading pace and claim a historic gold for the Americans with a world-record time of 3:29.34, shaving 1.34 seconds off their standard from Athens in 2004. By capturing his eighth gold, Phelps also eclipsed Mark Spitz's 1972 record of seven for the most in a single Games, raising his career total to 16 medals (14 golds and 2 bronze).[2][3][4]

The Aussie foursome of Hayden Stoeckel (53.80), Brenton Rickard (58.56), Andrew Lauterstein (51.03), and Eamon Sullivan (46.65) trailed behind their greatest rivals in the pool by exactly seven-tenths of a second (0.70), but took home an admirable silver in an Oceanian record of 3:30.04.[5] Meanwhile, Japan's Kosuke Kitajima fueled the field on the breaststroke leg with a terrific split of 58.07 to deliver the foursome of Junichi Miyashita (53.87), Takuro Fujii (50.89), and Hisayoshi Sato (48.35) a bronze-medal time in 3:31.18, worthy enough for an Asian record.[6][7]

Russia's Arkady Vyatchanin (53.36), Roman Sloudnov (59.45), Yevgeny Korotyshkin (51.62), and Yevgeny Lagunov (47.49) missed the podium by almost three-fourths of a second (0.75) with a fourth-place effort in 3:31.92, while Daniel Bell (54.52), Glenn Snyders (59.46), Corney Swanepoel (52.12), and Cameron Gibson (47.99) established a New Zealand record of 3:33.39 to claim the fifth spot in the final, holding off the British quartet of Liam Tancock (54.69), Chris Cook (59.65), Michael Rock (52.02), and Simon Burnett (47.33) by 0.30 seconds, a national record of 3:33.69.[8][9] South Africa's Gerhard Zandberg (54.69), Cameron van der Burgh (59.40), Lyndon Ferns (51.39), and Darian Townsend (48.22) finished closer to the Brits by a hundredth of a second (0.01) with a seventh-place time of 3:33.70. As the entire field came to a dramatic finish in the pool, Italy was disqualified from the race because of an early relay takeoff on the final exchange by freestyle anchor Filippo Magnini.[7]

Records[edit]

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

World record  United States (USA)
Aaron Peirsol (53.45)
Brendan Hansen (59.37)
Ian Crocker (50.28)
Jason Lezak (47.58)
3:30.68 Athens, Greece 21 August 2004 [10]
Olympic record  United States (USA)
Aaron Peirsol (53.45)
Brendan Hansen (59.37)
Ian Crocker (50.28)
Jason Lezak (47.58)
3:30.68 Athens, Greece 21 August 2004 [10]

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

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 17 Final Aaron Peirsol (53.16)
Brendan Hansen (59.27)
Michael Phelps (50.15)
Jason Lezak (46.76)
United States 3:29.34 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Nationality Name Time Notes
1 2 4 United States Matt Grevers (53.59)
Mark Gangloff (1:00.35)
Ian Crocker (50.85)
Garrett Weber-Gale (47.96)
3:32.75 Q
2 1 4 Australia Ashley Delaney (53.74)
Christian Sprenger (59.95)
Adam Pine (51.66)
Matt Targett (47.41)
3:32.76 Q, OC
3 1 5 Japan Junichi Miyashita (54.29)
Kosuke Kitajima (58.79)
Takuro Fujii (50.86)
Hisayoshi Sato (48.87)
3:32.81 Q, AS
4 2 3 Russia Arkady Vyatchanin (53.86)
Roman Sloudnov (59.63)
Nikolay Skvortsov (51.62)
Andrey Grechin (48.48)
3:33.59 Q, EU
5 1 6 Great Britain Liam Tancock (54.67)
Chris Cook (59.40)
Michael Rock (51.99)
Simon Burnett (47.77)
3:33.83 Q
6 2 8 New Zealand Daniel Bell (54.52)
Glenn Snyders (59.46)
Corney Swanepoel (52.12)
Cameron Gibson (47.99)
3:34.09 Q
7 2 6 South Africa Gerhard Zandberg (54.19)
Cameron van der Burgh (59.68)
Lyndon Ferns (52.33)
Darian Townsend (47.96)
3:34.16 Q, AF
8 2 7 Italy Mirco di Tora (54.05)
Alessandro Terrin (1:01.25)
Mattia Nalesso (51.96)
Filippo Magnini (47.06)
3:34.32 Q
9 2 1 France Benjamin Stasiulis (55.46)
Hugues Duboscq (59.29)
Christophe Lebon (51.97)
Fabien Gilot (48.06)
3:34.78
10 2 5 Canada Jake Tapp (55.16)
Mike Brown (1:00.98)
Joe Bartoch (52.58)
Brent Hayden (46.84)
3:35.56
11 1 2 Sweden Simon Sjödin (55.27)
Jonas Andersson (1:01.22)
Lars Frölander (51.13)
Jonas Persson (48.21)
3:35.83
12 2 2 Croatia Gordan Kožulj 54.91
Vanja Rogulj 1:01.30
Mario Todorovic 51.52
Duje Draganja 49.96
3:37.69
13 1 1 Romania Răzvan Florea (54.81)
Valentin Preda (1:01.41)
Ioan Gherghel (52.44)
Norbert Trandafir (49.34)
3:38.00
14 1 3 Brazil Guilherme Guido (54.78)
Felipe França Silva (1:02.06)
Kaio de Almeida (53.31)
Nicolas Oliveira (48.51)
3:38.66
15 1 7 Ukraine Oleksandr Isakov (56.66)
Valeriy Dymo (1:00.61)
Sergiy Breus (52.38)
Yuriy Yegoshin (49.11)
3:38.76
16 1 8 Belarus Pavel Sankovich (55.11)
Viktar Vabishchevich (1:01.89)
Yevgeniy Lazuka (52.63)
Stanislau Neviarouski (49.76)
3:39.39

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Nationality Name Time Time behind Notes
1st 4 United States Aaron Peirsol (53.16)
Brendan Hansen (59.27)
Michael Phelps (50.15)
Jason Lezak (46.76)
3:29.34 WR
2nd 5 Australia Hayden Stoeckel (53.80)
Brenton Rickard (58.56)
Andrew Lauterstein (51.03)
Eamon Sullivan (46.65)
3:30.04 0.70 OC
3rd 3 Japan Junichi Miyashita (53.87)
Kosuke Kitajima (58.07)
Takuro Fujii (50.89)
Hisayoshi Sato (48.35)
3:31.18 1.84 AS
4 6 Russia Arkady Vyatchanin (53.36)
Roman Sloudnov (59.45)
Yevgeny Korotyshkin (51.62)
Yevgeny Lagunov (47.49)
3:31.92 2.58 EU
5 7 New Zealand Daniel Bell (54.74)
Glenn Snyders (59.87)
Corney Swanepoel (51.78)
Cameron Gibson (47.00)
3:33.39 4.05 NR
6 2 Great Britain Liam Tancock (54.69)
Chris Cook (59.65)
Michael Rock (52.02)
Simon Burnett (47.33)
3:33.69 4.35 NR
7 1 South Africa Gerhard Zandberg (54.69)
Cameron van der Burgh (59.40)
Lyndon Ferns (51.39)
Darian Townsend (48.22)
3:33.70 4.36 AF
8 8 Italy Mirco di Tora (54.52)
Loris Facci (1:00.55)
Mattia Nalesso (52.26)
Filippo Magnini
DSQ 9.99

References[edit]

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  7. ^ a b Lohn, John (16 August 2008). "Eight is Great for Michael Phelps, U.S. Comes From Behind To Win Men's 400 Medley Relay with World Record". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
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