World record progression 4 × 100 metres freestyle relay

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Below is the world record progression for the 4×100 metres freestyle relay swimming event. Long course (50 metres) swimming records were recognised by the International Swimming Federation (FINA) in 1908. In the short course (25 metres) swimming events the world's governing body recognizes world records since March 3, 1991.

The women's event was first contested at 1912 Olympics, but the men's didn't appear until the 1964 Tokyo Games. Prior to this the longer 4×200 metres freestyle event was the only male relay event staged.

Men[edit]

Long course[edit]

# Time Name Nationality Date Meet Location Ref
1  4:10.2  Zoltán Kiss
Gyula Dienes
Árpád Lengyel
Ferenc Csik
 Hungary 26 Jun 1937 - Hungary Budapest, Hungary
2  4:06.6  Gyula Zolyomi
Istvan Korosi
Ödön Grófe
Ferenc Csik
 Hungary 15 Aug 1937 - Hungary Budapest, Hungary
3  4:03.6  Hermann Heibel
Hans Freese
Edward Askamp
Helmuth Fischer
 Germany 5 Mar 1938 - Nazi Germany Bremen, Germany
4  4:02.4  Otto Wille
Werner Birr
Werner Plath
Kurt von Eckenbrecher
 Germany 1 Apr 1938 - Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark
5  4:02.0  Gyula Zolyomi
Ferenc Csik
Istvan Korosi
Ödön Gróf
 Hungary 14 Jul 1938 - Hungary Budapest, Hungary
6  3:59.2  Takashi Hirose
Otto Jaretz
Paul Wolf
Peter Fick
 United States 20 Aug 1938 - Nazi Germany Berlin, Germany
7  3:54.4  Willis Sanburn
Edward Pope
Russell Duncan
Howard Johnson
 United States 8 Mar 1940 - United States New Haven, CT, United States
8  3:50.8  Howard Johnson
Richard Kelly
Edward Pope
Frank Lilley
 United States 18 Mar 1942 - United States New Haven, CT, United States
9  3:48.6  Alan Ford
Edward Hueber
Frank Dooley
Howard Johnson
 United States 29 Jun 1948 - United States New Haven, CT, United States
10  3:47.9  Dick Thoman
Don Sheff
William Farnsworth
Ray Reid
 United States 19 Mar 1951 - United States New Haven, CT, United States
11  3:46.8  Hiroshi Suzuki
Atsushi Tani
Toru Goto
Manabu Koga
 Japan 6 Aug 1955 - Japan Tokyo, Japan
12  3:46.3  Gary Chapman
John Konrads
Geoff Shipton
John Devitt
 Australia 3 May 1958 - Australia Brisbane, Australia
13  3:44.4  Elton Follett
Lance Larson
Jeff Farrell
Joe Alkire
 United States 21 Jul 1959 - Japan Tokyo, Japan
14  3:42.5  Alain Gottvallès
Gerard Gropaiz
Jean-Pierre Curtillet
Robert Christophe
 France 10 Aug 1962 - France Thionville, France
15  3:39.9  Steve Clark
N. Schoenman
Don Schollander
Ed Townsend
 United States 4 Jul 1963 - United States Los Altos, CA, United States
16  3:36.1  Steve Clark
Richard McDonough
Gary Ilman
Ed Townsend
 United States 18 Aug 1963 - Japan Tokyo, Japan
17  3:33.2 
 (52.9 =WR)
Steve Clark
Mike Austin
Gary Ilman
Don Schollander
 United States 14 Oct 1964 - Japan Tokyo, Japan
18  3:32.6  Ken Walsh
Zac Zorn
Don Havens
Greg Charlton
 United States 28 Aug 1967 - Japan Tokyo, Japan
19  3:32.5 
 (53.0)
Zac Zorn
 (53.0)
Stephen Rerych
 (53.4)
Ken Walsh
 (53.1)
Don Schollander
 United States 3 Sep 1968 US Olympic Swimming Trials United States Long Beach, CA, United States
20  3:31.7 
 (53.4)
Zac Zorn
 (52.8)
Stephen Rerych
 (52.7)
Mark Spitz
 (52.8)
Ken Walsh
 United States 17 Oct 1968 Olympic Games Mexico Mexico City, Mexico
21  3:28.8  Don Havens
Mike Weston
Bill Frawley
Frank Heckl
 United States 23 Aug 1970 AAU Nationals United States Los Angeles, CA, United States
22  3:28.84 
 (52.61)
Dave Fairbank
 (51.69)
Gary Conelly
 (51.89)
Jerry Heidenreich
 (52.63)
David Edgar
 United States 28 Aug 1972 Olympic Games West Germany Munich, West Germany
23  3:26.42 
 (52.69)
David Edgar
 (52.04)
John Murphy
 (50.78)
Jerry Heidenreich
 (50.90)
Mark Spitz
 United States 28 Aug 1972 Olympic Games West Germany Munich, West Germany
24  3:25.17  Joe Bottom
Jim Montgomery
Andy Coan
Charlie Hickcox
 United States 1 Sep 1974 USA-GDR Duel United States Concord, CA, United States
25  3:24.85 
 (51.82)
Bruce Furniss
 (50.53)
Jim Montgomery
 (50.61)
Andy Coan
 (51.89)
John Murphy
 United States 25 Jul 1975 World Championships Colombia Cali, Colombia
26  3:21.11 
 (50.31)
Jack Babashoff
 (50.45)
Joe Bottom
 (50.40)
Rick DeMont
 (49.95)
Jim Montgomery
 United States 28 Aug 1977 USA-GDR Duel East Germany East Berlin, East Germany
27  3:19.74 
 (51.30)
Jack Babashoff
 (49.52)
Rowdy Gaines
 (49.66)
Jim Montgomery
 (49.26)
David McCagg
 United States 22 Aug 1978 World Championships West Germany West Berlin, West Germany
28  3:19.26 
 (50.13)
Chris Cavanaugh
 (50.10)
Robin Leamy
 (49.89)
David McCagg
 (49.14)
Rowdy Gaines
 United States 5 Aug 1982 World Championships Ecuador Guayaquil, Ecuador
29  3:19.03 
 (50.83)
Chris Cavanaugh
 (49.60)
Mike Heath
 (49.67)
Matt Biondi
 (48.93)
Rowdy Gaines
 United States 2 Aug 1984 Olympic Games United States Los Angeles, CA, United States
30  3:17.08 
 (50.08)
Scott McCadam
 (49.51)
Paul Wallace
 (49.83)
Mike Heath
 (47.66)
Matt Biondi
 United States 17 Aug 1985 1985 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships Japan Tokyo, Japan
31  3:16.53 
 (49.63)
Chris Jacobs
 (49.75)
Troy Dalbey
 (49.34)
Tom Jager
 (47.81)
Matt Biondi
 United States 23 Sep 1988 Olympic Games South Korea Seoul, South Korea
32  3:15.11 
 (49.32)
David Fox
 (49.11)
Joe Hudepohl
 (48.17)
Jon Olsen
 (48.51)
Gary Hall, Jr.
 United States 12 Aug 1995 1995 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships United States Atlanta, GA, United States
33  3:13.67 
 (48.18 WR)
Michael Klim
 (48.48)
Chris Fydler
 (48.71)
Ashley Callus
 (48.30)
Ian Thorpe
 Australia 16 Sep 2000 Olympic Games Australia Sydney, Australia
34  3:13.17 
 (48.17)
Roland Schoeman
 (48.13)
Lyndon Ferns
 (48.96)
Darian Townsend
 (47.91)
Ryk Neethling
 South Africa 15 Aug 2004 Olympic Games Greece Athens, Greece
35  3:12.46 
 (48.83)
Michael Phelps
 (47.89)
Neil Walker
 (47.96)
Cullen Jones
 (47.78)
Jason Lezak
 United States 19 Aug 2006 Pan Pacific Championships Canada Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
36  3:12.23  (h)
 (48.82)
Nathan Adrian
 (47.61)
Cullen Jones
 (48.03)
Ben Wildman-Tobriner
 (47.77)
Matt Grevers
 United States 10 Aug 2008 Olympic Games China Beijing, China
37  3:08.24 
 (47.51)
Michael Phelps
 (47.02)
Garrett Weber-Gale
 (47.65)
Cullen Jones
 (46.06)
Jason Lezak
 United States 11 Aug 2008 Olympic Games China Beijing, China [1]

Legend: # – Record awaiting ratification by FINA; yd – set in a pool measured in yards;
Records not set in finals: h – heat; sf – semifinal; r – relay 1st leg; rh – relay heat 1st leg; b – B final; – en route to final mark; tt – time trial


Short course[edit]

Time Swimmer Date Place
3:14.00  Sweden
- (-)
- (-)
- (-)
- (-)
March 19, 1989 Sweden Malmö, Sweden
3:13.97  Brazil
Fernando Scherer (-)
Teófilo Ferreira (-)
Gustavo Borges (-)
José Carlos Souza (-)
July 7, 1993 Brazil Santos, Brazil
3:12.11  Brazil
Fernando Scherer (48.27)
Teófilo Ferreira (48.28)
José Carlos Souza (48.90)
Gustavo Borges (46.66)
December 5, 1993 Spain Palma de Mallorca, Spain
3:10.45  Brazil
Fernando Scherer (47.27)
Carlos Jayme (48.49)
Alexandre Massura (47.93)
Gustavo Borges (46.76)
December 20, 1998 Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
3:09.57  Sweden
Johan Nyström (49.04)
Lars Frölander (45.69)
Mattias Ohlin (47.87)
Stefan Nystrand (46.97)
March 16, 2000 Greece Athens, Greece
3:08.44  United States
Ryan Lochte (47.09)
Bryan Lundquist (46.64)
Nathan Adrian (46.57)
Doug Van Wie (48.14)
April 9, 2008 United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom
3:04.98 Flag of France.svg CN Marseille
Grégory Mallet (47.41)
Fabien Gilot (44.92)
William Meynard (47.65)
Frédérick Bousquet (45.00)
December 20, 2008 France Istres, France
3:03.30  United States
Nathan Adrian (45.08)
Matt Grevers (44.68)
Garrett Weber-Gale (47.43)
Michael Phelps (46.11)
December 19, 2009 United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom

Women[edit]

Long course[edit]

Time Swimmer Date Place
5:52.8  United Kingdom
Belle Moore (?)
Jennie Fletcher (?)
Annie Speirs (?)
Irene Steer (?)
July 15, 1912 Sweden Stockholm, Sweden
5:11.6  United States
Margaret Woodbridge (?)
Frances Schroth (?)
Irene Guest (?)
Ethelda Bleibtrey (?)
August 29, 1920 Belgium Antwerp, Belgium
4:58.8  United States
Gertrude Ederle (?)
Euphrasia Donnelly (?)
Ethel Lackie (?)
Mariechen Wehselau (?)
July 20, 1924 France Paris, France
4:55.6  United States
Adelaide Lambert (?)
Josephine McKim (?)
Susan Laird (?)
Albina Osipowich (?)
August 9, 1928 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands
4:47.6  United States
Adelaide Lambert (?)
Eleanor Garatti (?)
Albina Osipowich (?)
Martha Norelius (?)
August 9, 1928 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands
4:38.0  United States
Josephine McKim (?)
Helen Johns (?)
Eleanor Garatti (?)
Helene Madison (?)
August 12, 1932 United States Los Angeles, United States
4:33.3  Netherlands
Jopie Selbach (?)
Annie Timmermans (?)
Rie Mastenbroek (?)
Willy den Ouden (?)
April 14, 1934 Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands
4:32.8  Netherlands
Jopie Selbach (?)
Rie Mastenbroek (?)
Catherina Wagner (?)
Willy den Ouden (?)
May 24, 1936 Netherlands Rotterdam, Netherlands
4:29.7  Denmark
Elvi Svendsen (?)
Gunvor Kraft (?)
Birte Ove-Petersen (?)
Ragnhild Hveger (?)
February 8, 1938 Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark
4:27.6  Denmark
Eva Arndt (?)
Gunvor Kraft (?)
Birte Ove-Petersen (?)
Ragnhild Hveger (?)
August 7, 1938 Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark
4:27.2  Hungary
Mária Littomericzky (?)
Éva Novák (?)
Éva Székely (?)
Katalin Szőke (?)
April 27, 1952 Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union
4:24.4  Hungary
Ilona Novák (1:07.8)
Judit Temes (1:05.8)
Éva Novák (1:05.1)
Katalin Szőke (1:05.7)
August 1, 1952 Finland Helsinki, Finland
4:22.3  Australia
Lorraine Crapp (?)
Dawn Fraser (?)
Margaret Gibson (?)
Barbara Jackson (?)
October 20, 1956 Australia Sydney, Australia
4:19.7  Australia
Lorraine Crapp (?)
Dawn Fraser (?)
Faith Leech (?)
Margaret Gibson (?)
October 25, 1956 Australia Melbourne, Australia
4:17.1  Australia
Dawn Fraser (?)
Faith Leech (?)
Sandra Morgan (?)
Lorraine Crapp (1:03.1)
December 6, 1956 Australia Melbourne, Australia
4:16.2  Australia
Dawn Fraser (?)
Alva Colquhoun (?)
Ilsa Konrads (?)
Lorraine Crapp (?)
August 6, 1960 Australia Townsville, Australia
4:08.9  United States
Joan Spillane (?)
Shirley Stobs (?)
Carolyn Wood (?)
Chris von Saltza (?)
September 3, 1960 Italy Rome, Italy
4:08.5 United States Santa Clara Swim Club
Terri Stickles (?)
Donna de Varona (?)
Pokey Watson (?)
Judy Haroun (?)
July 31, 1964 United States Los Altos, United States
4:07.6  United States
Lynne Allsup (?)
Terri Stickles (?)
Kathy Seidel (?)
Eleanor Bricker (?)
September 28, 1964 United States Los Angeles, United States
4:03.8  United States
Sharon Stouder (?)
Donna de Varona (?)
Pokey Watson (?)
Kathy Ellis (?)
October 15, 1964 Japan Tokyo, Japan
4:03.5 United States Santa Clara Swim Club
Linda Gustavson (?)
Nancy Ryan (?)
Laura Fritz (?)
Pokey Watson (?)
August 19, 1967 United States Philadelphia, United States
4:01.1 United States Santa Clara Swim Club
Linda Gustavson (?)
Pokey Watson (?)
Pam Carpinelli (?)
Jan Henne (?)
July 6, 1968 United States Santa Clara, United States
4:00.8  East Germany
Gabriele Wetzko
Iris Komar
Elke Sehmisch
Sabine Schulze
September 11, 1970 Spain Barcelona, Spain
4:00.7  United States
Shirley Babashoff (?)
Kim Peyton (?)
Linda Johnson (?)
Deena Deardurff (?)
September 9, 1971 Soviet Union Minsk, Soviet Union
3:58.11  United States
Kim Peyton (?)
Sandy Neilson (?)
Jane Barkman (?)
Shirley Babashoff (?)
August 18, 1972 United States Knoxville, United States
3:58.11  East Germany
Sylvia Eichner (?)
Elke Sehmisch (?)
Andrea Eife (?)
Kornelia Ender (?)
August 30, 1972 West Germany Munich, West Germany
3:55.19  United States
Sandy Neilson (?)
Jenny Kemp (?)
Jane Barkman (?)
Shirley Babashoff (?)
August 30, 1972 West Germany Munich, West Germany
3:52.45  East Germany
Andrea Eife (?)
Andrea Hubner (?)
Sylvia Eichner (?)
Kornelia Ender (?)
September 8, 1973 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
3:51.99  United States
Ann Marshall (?)
Kim Peyton (?)
Kathy Heddy (?)
Shirley Babashoff (?)
August 31, 1974 United States Concord, United States
3:49.37  East Germany
Kornelia Ender (56.22 WR)
Barbara Krause (57.41)
Claudia Hempel (57.97)
Ute Bruckner (57.77)
July 26, 1975 Colombia Cali, Colombia
3:48.80 East Germany SC Dynamo Berlin
Rosemarie Kother (?)
Andrea Pollack (?)
Monika Seltmann (?)
Barbara Krause (?)
June 2, 1976 East Germany East Berlin, East Germany
3:44.82  United States
Kim Peyton (56.95)
Wendy Boglioli (55.81)
Jill Sterkel (55.78)
Shirley Babashoff (56.28)
July 25, 1976 Canada Montreal, Canada
3:43.43  United States
Tracy Caulkins (56.57)
Stephanie Elkins (55.92)
Jill Sterkel (55.70)
Cynthia Woodhead (55.24)
August 26, 1978 West Berlin West Berlin
3:42.71  East Germany
Barbara Krause (54.90)
Caren Metschuck (55.61)
Ines Diers (55.90)
Sarina Hülsenbeck (56.30)
July 27, 1980 Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union
3:42.41  East Germany
Birgit Meineke (?)
Kristin Otto (?)
Karen König (?)
Heike Friedrich (?)
August 21, 1984 Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union
3:40.57  East Germany
Kristin Otto (54.73 WR)
Manuela Stellmach (54.96)
Sabina Schulze (55.52)
Heike Friedrich (55.36)
August 19, 1986 Spain Madrid, Spain
3:39.46  United States
Nicole Haislett (55.33)
Dara Torres (55.33)
Angel Martino (54.79)
Jenny Thompson (54.01)
July 28, 1992 Spain Barcelona, Spain
3:37.91  China
Le Jingyi (54.31)
Shan Ying (54.38)
Le Ying (55.09)
Lü Bin (54.13)
September 7, 1994 Italy Rome, Italy
3:36.61  United States
Amy van Dyken (55.08)
Dara Torres (53.51)
Courtney Shealy (54.40)
Jenny Thompson (53.62)
September 16, 2000 Australia Sydney, Australia
3:36.00  Germany
Katrin Meißner (54.82)
Petra Dallmann (53.95)
Sandra Völker (53.59)
Franziska van Almsick (53.64)
July 29, 2002 Germany Berlin, Germany
3:35.94  Australia
Alice Mills (54.75)
Libby Lenton (53.57)
Petria Thomas (54.67)
Jodie Henry (52.95)
August 14, 2004 Greece Athens, Greece
3:35.22  Germany
Petra Dallmann (54.53)
Daniela Götz (53.87)
Britta Steffen (52.66)
Annika Liebs (54.16)
July 31, 2006 Hungary Budapest, Hungary
3:33.62  Netherlands
Inge Dekker (53.77)
Ranomi Kromowidjojo (53.61)
Femke Heemskerk (53.62)
Marleen Veldhuis (52.62)
March 18, 2008 Netherlands Eindhoven, Netherlands
3:31.72  Netherlands
Inge Dekker (53.61)
Ranomi Kromowidjojo (52.30)
Femke Heemskerk (53.03)
Marleen Veldhuis (52.78)
July 26, 2009 Italy Rome, Italy
3:30.98  Australia
Bronte Campbell (53.15)
Melanie Schlanger (52.76)
Emma McKeon (52.91)
Cate Campbell (52.16)
July 24, 2014 Scotland Glasgow, Scotland

Short course[edit]

Time Swimmer Date Place
3:35.97  China
Lü Bin (-)
Shan Ying (-)
Jia Yuanyuan (-)
Le Jingyi (-)
December 4, 1993 Spain Palma de Mallorca, Spain
3:34.55  China
Le Jingyi (53.32)
Chao Na (54.33)
Shan Ying (53.55)
Nian Yin (52.55)
April 19, 1997 Sweden Gothenburg, Sweden
3:33.32  Netherlands
Inge Dekker (53.52)
Hinkelien Schreuder (53.63)
Chantal Groot (54.00)
Marleen Veldhuis (52.17)
April 8, 2006 China Shanghai, People's Republic of China
3:31.66  Australia
Libby Lenton (51.91)
Melanie Schlanger (53.23)
Shayne Reese (53.27)
Alice Mills (53.25)
September 2, 2007 Australia Melbourne, Australia
3:30.85  Netherlands
Hinkelien Schreuder (53.40)
Femke Heemskerk (52.95)
Ranomi Kromowidjojo (52.97)
Marleen Veldhuis (51.53)
September 9, 2007 Netherlands Eindhoven, Netherlands
3:29.42  Netherlands
Hinkelien Schreuder (53.62)
Femke Heemskerk (52.61)
Inge Dekker (51.76)
Marleen Veldhuis (51.43)
April 12, 2008 United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom
3:28.22  Netherlands
Hinkelien Schreuder (52.88)
Inge Dekker (52.24)
Ranomi Kromowidjojo (52.12)
Marleen Veldhuis (50.98)
December 19, 2008 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands

References[edit]

  1. ^ Crouse, Karen (2008-08-10). "Lezak, Not Phelps, puts on a show". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-14.