Team USA Turns in Top Men’s 400 Medley Relay Performance in Prelims

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BARCELONA, Spain, August 4. AT the end of three heats of qualifying, the Red, White and Blue stood atop the heap in the men’s 400-meter medley relay at the FINA World Championships.

Team USA’s David Plummer (53.22), Nic Fink (1:00.17), Eugene Godsoe (51.59) and Jimmy Feigen (47.74) clocked a top time of 3:32.72 to lead the way in prelims. The U.S. is looking for its third straight victory in the event after topping the relay in 2009 and 2011. The preliminary swim allowed Plummer to shake off his slip in the 50 back a bit as he led all backstrokers this morning.

Australia’s Ashley Delaney (53.85), Christian Sprenger (59.57), Kenneth To (52.37) and Cameron McEvoy (47.85) wound up tying Russia’s Vlad Morozov (54.67), Kiriil Strelnikov (59.84), Nikolay Skvortsov (51.43) and Nikita Lobintsev (47.70) for second with 3:33.64s.

Russia, and the rest of the finale, will be looking to make history as only the U.S. and Australia have every won this particular world title since its inception in 1973. Team USA, however, has won four of the last five events.

France (3:34.04), Japan (3:34.25), Italy (3:34.29), Hungary (3:34.64) and Germany (3:34.91) grabbed the rest of the spots in the championship finale.

Best Splits
USA’s David Plummer (53.22)
NZL’s Glenn Snyders (59.19)
RUS’s Nikolay Skvortsov (51.43)
RUS’s Nikita Lobintsev (47.70)

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