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BARCELONA, Spain, July 28. HE might be one of the most seasoned swimmers on Team USA, but Anthony Ervin still has plenty of power as he led Team USA to the top seed in the men's 400-meter free relay during prelims at the FINA World Championships.
Jimmy Feigen (48.39), Ervin (47.38, out in 21.74), Ricky Berens (47.56, .07 relay exchange) and Conor Dwyer (48.36) cruised to a top seed of 3:11.69 by nearly a second. Russia's Andrey Grechin (48.07), Evgeniy Lagunov (48.47), Alexander Sukhorukov (48.11) and Danila Izotov (47.78) pushed their way to second in 3:12.43 as the finale will feature the likes of blistering sprinters Vlad Morozov and Nathan Adrian on the championship rosters.
Australia's James Roberts (48.57), Kenneth To (48.05), Matt Targett (48.26) and Tommaso D'Orsogna (48.16) qualified third in 3:13.04 and will be looking for James Magnussen to provide some extra heat during the finale.
France (3:14.01), Italy (3:14.13), Brazil (3:14.41), Germany (3:14.70) and Japan (3:15.46) also claimed spots in the big final this evening.
Team USA is looking to reclaim the title after Australia pulled off the upset in 2011, and France clinched the Olympic gold last summer. Prior to that, the U.S. hadn't lost a significant men's 400-meter freestyle relay in quite some time.
Results: FINA World Championships: Men's 400 Free Relay Prelims
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