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Men’s 400 Medley Relay FINAL:
After a dominating win by the USA women in finals of the 400 medley relay, the men of the USA followed suit to bring home Olympic gold once again. Since the 400 medley relay was added to the schedule of events in 1960 the USA have won gold every single Olympic Games, with the exception of the boycotted 1980 Moscow Games where Australia took home the prize.
Ryan Murphy surged ahead of the competition in the backstroke leg, downing Aaron Piersol’s 2009 World Record of 51.94 with a split of 51.85. Murphy’s lead was crucial to the USA’s success as Great Britain’s Adam Peaty, World Record holder in the 100 breast, would give Cody Miller a run for his money in the breaststroke leg.
Peaty quickly closed the gap the USA created splitting a 56.59 for the fastest breaststroke split ever recorded in the history of the 400 medley relay over Miller’s 59.03.
A quick exchange from Peaty to James Guy had Great Britain leading at the start of the butterfly leg, but Michael Phelps dove in to quickly close the gap, edging ahead to give Nathan Adrian a solid lead. Adrian hit the water, holding off strong freestyle legs from Great Britain’s Duncan Scott and Australia’s Kyle Chalmers for another USA gold.
Murphy (51.85), Miller (59.03), Phelps (50.33), and Adrian (46.74) posted a combined time of 3:27.95 to down the USA’s own Olympic Record of 3:29.34 set at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Great Britain’s Chris Walker-Hebborn (53.68), Peaty (56.59), Guy (51.35), and Scott (47.62) finished second with a time of 3:29.24, also under the previous Olympic Record, for Great Britain’s first silver medal in the men’s 400 medley relay.
Mitch Larkin (53.19), Jack Packard (58.84), David Morgan (51.18), and Chalmers (46.72) turned in a final time of 3:29.93 for a close third.
Russia picked up fourth with a final time of 3:31.30, just ahead of Japan’s 3:#1.97.
Brazil finished sixth with a time of 3:32.84, while Germany took seventh with a 3:33.50.
China’s relay team was disqualified.
Full results can be found here.