Australian Men Run Down England For Gold In 4×100 Medley Relay

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The Australian men added another gold medal and Commonwealth Games record to their tally as the team of Larkin (53.14), Jake Packard (59.29), Grant Irvine (51.36), and Kyle Chalmers (47.25) took about half a second off England’s 2014 record to finish in 3:31.04.

Similar to the women’s race, the Aussie’s didn’t have a lead going into the final leg, with England in first position heading into the freestyle. Mitch Larkin got the Aussies off to a quick start with his 53.14 lead-off in the 100 backstroke, but England’s Adam Peaty kept things interesting with a blistering 57.64 to move England into first. James Guy delivered a huge 50.95 100 fly split to keep the advantage with the English. Proud, the gold medalist in the 50 free earlier in the session, couldn’t hold off a charging Chalmers, delivering a 47.93 to finish just behind the Aussies in 3:31.13.

In third was the South African team of Calvyn Justus, Cameron van der Burgh, Chad le Clos, and Brad Tandy in 3:34.79. Notably, le Clos had the fastest 100 fly split of the field with a blistering 50.10.

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Author: James Sica

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James Sica is the Men and Women's Assistant Coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been an assistant coach at CMU in Pittsburgh, PA (2015-2017), a volunteer assistant coach with the Harvard women’s program (2014-2015) and an assistant with the Ithaca College men's program (2012-2014).

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