Nathan Adrian Anchors Team USA to 400 Free Relay Victory

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Men’s 400 Free Relay FINAL

The men’s 400 free relay was on fire from the very start as Team USA’s Caeleb Dressel led off in American Record fashion. Dressel delivered a final time of 47.26 to lower the previous American Record of 47.33, set in 2009 by Dave Walters.

The momentum continued for Team USA as Townley Haas and Blake Pieroni continued to hold their own against a charging Team Brazil. The race came down to anchors Nathan Adrian and Bruno Fratus as the two powered stroke-by-stroke through the final 100 meters. Adrian inched away from Fratus just enough to grab the gold for Team USA with a final time of 3:10.06.

Brazil’s Gabriel Santos (48.30), Marcelo Chierighini (46.85), Cesar Cielo (48.01), and Fratus (47.18) settled for second and a combined time of 3:10.34.

The Hungarian relay of Dominik Kozma (48.26), Nandor Nemeth (48.04), Peter Holoda (48.48), and Richard Bohus (47.21) turned in a final time of 3:11.99.

Fourth place was picked up by Russia’s relay team of Danila Izotov (48.96), Vlad Morozov (47.52), Nikita Lobintsev (48.09), and Nikita Korolev (47.99), who stopped the clock at a time of 3:12.58.

Japan and Canada collected fifth and sixth place finishes with times of 3:13.65 and 3:15.25 respectively, while Australia and Italy’s relays suffered disqualifications.

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Hear from the American men as they evaluated their gold medal-winning performance:

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6 Comments

6 comments

  1. Malcolm Neely

    USA 🇺🇸🏊🏻🏊🏻🏊🏻🏊🏻

  2. Tammy Lee

    Yeah, thanks for giving results before it’s televised. 😡

    • John Mcleod

      You can’t expect social media to wait for your time-delayed viewing…. you. An always follow live online

  3. Terrance Coughran

    Dressell and USA swam amazing… but I’m curious how fast Marcillio from Brazil will go in the 100m. He out split Dressell quite a bit and relay take offs are only .4 on average slower.

Author: Taylor Brien

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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