MANCHESTER, England, April 9. THE United States' foursome of Ryan Lochte, Bryan Lundquist, Nathan Adrian and Doug Van Wie blasted the men's 400 freestyle relay world record at the FINA World Short Course Championships.
The quartet clocked a time of 3:08.44 to surpass the 3:09.57 set by Sweden back in 2000.
Lochte went out in 47.09, while Lundquist split a 46.64. Adrian (46.57) and Van Wie (48.14) completed the record-breaking swim.
"It was great to have teammates take it out for a big lead," Van Wie told meet organizers. "It left me with cleaner water. We've not raced together before. We push each other in competition in the USA and it's good to be on the same team and put up a good time."
The victory gave Lochte his 10th World Short Course Championships medal, moving him into the same company as Matt Dunn and Gustavo Borges.
The splits were as follows for the Swedish team in 2000:
Johan Nystrom (49.04), Lars Frolander (45.69), Mattias Ohlin (47.87) and Stefan Nystrand (46.97).
The Netherlands' contingent of Robert Lijesen (48.05), Bas Van Velthoven (47.85), Mitja Zastrow (46.30) and Robin van Aggele (46.98) also cleared the previous record with a time of 3:09.18, while Sweden's Petter Stymne, Nystrand, Frolander and Marcus Piml finished third in 3:10.04.
After winning the world title in 2002 and 2004, the U.S. lost it to Italy in 2006. This victory returned the title back to the States for the third time.