Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay

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Men's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Dates July 29, 2012 (heats & final)
Competitors 80 from 15 nations
Winning time 3:09.93
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s)  France (FRA)
Amaury Leveaux, Fabien Gilot, Clément Lefert, Yannick Agnel, Alain Bernard*, Jérémy Stravius*
2nd, silver medalist(s)  United States (USA)
Nathan Adrian, Michael Phelps, Cullen Jones, Ryan Lochte, Jimmy Feigen*, Matt Grevers*, Ricky Berens*, Jason Lezak*
3rd, bronze medalist(s)

 Russia (RUS)
Andrey Grechin, Nikita Lobintsev, Vladimir Morozov, Danila Izotov, Yevgeny Lagunov*, Sergey Fesikov*


*Indicates the swimmer only competed in the preliminary heats.
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The men's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 29 July at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

Four years after winning the silver medal in this event, the French men's team won gold for the first time as they edged out the Americans and the Australians with the help of a sterling anchor leg from Yannick Agnel. Trailing behind by 0.55 seconds at the final exchange, Agnel blistered the field with a remarkable split of 46.74 to deliver the foursome of Amaury Leveaux (48.13), Fabien Gilot (47.67), and Clément Lefert (47.39) a gold-medal time in 3:09.93.[2][3] Meanwhile, the U.S. team of Nathan Adrian (47.89), Michael Phelps (47.15), and Cullen Jones (47.60) handed Ryan Lochte the anchor duties to maintain their lead, but Lochte's split of 47.74 was just a full second behind Agnel's anchor that sealed a stunning triumph for the French, leaving the U.S. with a silver medal in 3:10.38.[4][5] With the second-place finish, Phelps also earned his first-ever Olympic silver medal to raise his overall tally to seventeen, (including 14 gold and 2 bronze), bringing him a single step closer to the all-time record held by Larisa Latynina.[6][7]

The Russian quartet of Andrey Grechin (48.57), Nikita Lobintsev (47.39), Vladimir Morozov (47.85), and Danila Izotov (47.60) took home the bronze in 3:11.41 to edge out the more aggressive Aussie foursome of James Magnussen (48.03), Matt Targett (47.83), Eamon Sullivan (47.68), and James Roberts (48.09) by 0.22 seconds, finishing with a fourth-place time in 3:11.63.[8][9][10]

South Africa's solid foursome of Gideon Louw (48.48), Darian Townsend (48.36), Graeme Moore (48.36), and Roland Mark Schoeman (48.27) struggled to mount a challenge in a world-record race as they finished fifth in 3:13.45, holding off the hard-charging Germans Benjamin Starke (49.03), Markus Deibler (47.97), Christoph Fildebrandt (48.45), and Marco di Carli (48.07) by seven-hundredths of a second with a sixth-place finish (3:13.52).[11] Italy (3:14.13) and Belgium (3:14.40) also vied for an Olympic medal to round out a historic finish.[10]

In the absence of César Cielo on the morning prelims, Brazil's Nicolas Oliveira (49.31), Bruno Fratus (48.98), Nicholas Santos (49.68), and Marcelo Chierighini (48.17) missed the final roster by almost half a second (0.50) with a ninth-place effort (3:16.14),[12] repeating their performance from the 2011 World Aquatics Championships.

Records[edit]

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

World record  United States (USA)
Michael Phelps (47.51)
Garrett Weber-Gale (47.02)
Cullen Jones (47.65)
Jason Lezak (46.06)
3:08.24 Beijing, China 11 August 2008
Olympic record  United States (USA)
Michael Phelps (47.51)
Garrett Weber-Gale (47.02)
Cullen Jones (47.65)
Jason Lezak (46.06)
3:08.24 Beijing, China 11 August 2008

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[15]

Rank Heat Lane Nation Swimmers Time Notes
1 2 4  Australia Cameron McEvoy (48.94)
James Roberts (48.22)
Tommaso D'Orsogna (47.78)
James Magnussen (47.35)
3:12.29 Q
2 2 5  United States Jimmy Feigen (48.49)
Matt Grevers (47.54)
Ricky Berens (48.52)
Jason Lezak (48.04)
3:12.59 Q
3 2 3  Russia Andrey Grechin (48.19)
Yevgeny Lagunov (48.34)
Sergey Fesikov (48.68)
Nikita Lobintsev (47.56)
3:12.77 Q
4 1 4  France Amaury Leveaux (48.61)
Alain Bernard (48.31)
Clément Lefert (48.14)
Jérémy Stravius (48.32)
3:13.38 Q
5 2 6  Germany Benjamin Starke (48.96)
Markus Deibler (47.99)
Christoph Fildebrandt (48.44)
Marco di Carli (48.12)
3:13.51 Q, NR
6 2 2  Belgium Dieter Dekoninck (48.79)
Jasper Aerents (48.58)
Emmanuel Vanluchene (48.55)
Pieter Timmers (47.97)
3:13.89 Q, NR
7 1 3  South Africa Roland Mark Schoeman (49.00)
Darian Townsend (48.26)
Gideon Louw (47.92)
Graeme Moore (48.75)
3:13.93 Q
8 1 5  Italy Luca Dotto (49.27)
Andrea Rolla (49.46)
Michele Santucci (48.85)
Filippo Magnini (48.20)
3:15.78 Q
9 1 2  Brazil Nicolas Oliveira (49.31)
Bruno Fratus (48.98)
Nicholas Santos (49.68)
Marcelo Chierighini (48.17)
3:16.14
10 1 7  Canada Brent Hayden (48.42)
Colin Russell (48.67)
Richard Hortness (49.12)
Thomas Gossland (50.21)
3:16.42
11 2 1  China Lü Zhiwu (48.92)
Zhang Enjian (49.57)
He Jianbin (49.67)
Shi Tengfei (48.84)
3:17.00
12 1 6  Great Britain Simon Burnett (50.47)
Grant Turner (48.31)
James Disney-May (48.99)
Craig Gibbons (49.31)
3:17.08
13 2 8  Serbia Milorad Čavić (48.61)
Velimir Stjepanović (49.13)
Ivan Lenđer (50.58)
Radovan Siljevski (50.47)
3:18.79 NR
14 2 7  Hungary Péter Bernek (50.29)
Gergő Kis (50.68)
Gábor Balog (51.47)
Krisztián Takács (49.47)
3:21.91
15 1 1  Venezuela Cristian Quintero Valero (49.77)
Octavio Alesi (50.04)
Marcos Lavado (52.59)
Crox Acuña (50.28)
3:22.68

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Nation Swimmers Time Time behind Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 6  France Amaury Leveaux (48.13)
Fabien Gilot (47.67)
Clément Lefert (47.39)
Yannick Agnel (46.74)
3:09.93
2nd, silver medalist(s) 5  United States Nathan Adrian (47.89)
Michael Phelps (47.15)
Cullen Jones (47.60)
Ryan Lochte (47.74)
3:10.38 0.45
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3  Russia Andrey Grechin (48.57)
Nikita Lobintsev (47.39)
Vladimir Morozov (47.85)
Danila Izotov (47.60)
3:11.41 1.48
4 4  Australia James Magnussen (48.03)
Matt Targett (47.83)
Eamon Sullivan (47.68)
James Roberts (48.09)
3:11.63 1.70
5 1  South Africa Gideon Louw (48.48)
Darian Townsend (48.36)
Graeme Moore (48.36)
Roland Mark Schoeman (48.27)
3:13.45 3.52
6 2  Germany Benjamin Starke (49.03)
Markus Deibler (47.97)
Christoph Fildebrandt (48.45)
Marco di Carli (48.07)
3:13.52 3.59
7 8  Italy Luca Dotto (48.73)
Marco Orsi (48.42)
Michele Santucci (48.88)
Filippo Magnini (48.10)
3:14.13 4.20
8 7  Belgium Dieter Dekoninck (49.42)
Jasper Aerents (48.34)
Emmanuel Vanluchene (48.46)
Pieter Timmers (48.18)
3:14.40 4.47

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