Nathan Adrian Out-Touches Japan To Clinch 4×100 Medley Relay Gold For United States

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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The United States finished their 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Tokyo on a high note as Nathan Adrian chased down Japan’s Katsumi Nakamura on the anchor leg of the 4×100 medley relay. Adrian came home to give the United States the gold with a 3:30.20, out-touching Japan who got silver at 3:30.25. Australia was not far behind for bronze at 3:30.52.

Ryan Murphy (52.70), Andrew Wilson (59.15), Caeleb Dressel (50.64) and Adrian (47.71) closed their Pan Pacs campaign with the second gold medal for the American men in relays. They would have won all three if it were not for a disqualification in the 4×100 free relay last night.

Ryosuke Irie (52.61), Yasuhiro Koseki (58.62), Yuki Kobori (51.19) and Nakamura (47.83) finished in second, not far off their Japanese record of 3:30.19 from last year’s World Championships. Koseki had an impressive split just minutes after the 200 breast final. Irie also chased down Murphy on his leg, after both swimmers swam the 200 back earlier in the night.

Both the United States and Japan finished ahead of Great Britain’s winning time from the European Championships.

Australia won the bronze medal with Mitch Larkin (53.18), Jake Packard (59.03), Grant Irvine (51.40) and Kyle Chalmers (46.91) swimming for them.

Brazil (3:32.16), Canada (3:34.20) and the Philippines (3:58.76) also swam in the final.

2018 World Rankings:

  1. United States, 3:30.20
  2. Japan, 3:30.25
  3. Great Britain, 3:30.44
  4. Australia, 3:30.52
  5. Russia, 3:32.03
  6. Brazil, 3:32.16
  7. Germany, 3:33.52
  8. Lithuania, 3:33.70

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  1. avatar

    Announcer needs to do his homework! Kept announcing the US backstroker as Caeleb Dressel!! And Zach Apple as the butterflyer!!

  2. Erik Johnson

    But did they swim it in the correct order…

  3. Bennie Bouwer

    After swimming in the wrong order Pity as it was such a great race ?

  4. Betsy Luminais

    DQ for swimming out of order. Coaches take responsibility for “miscommunication”

  5. avatar

    The announcer should be DQed

    • avatar

      I agree. The Olympics Channel announcer was a disaster. He was not only an obvious Ausssie homer, but he messed up so many events. He would gush over an Aussie’s 4th place when USA went 1-2. His worst announcing case was the Men’s 4×100 Medley Relay. He must have been looking at the USA’s 4×100 Freestyle Team roster because he had all their names wrong.

  6. avatar

    King Kyle 46.91 ………….the beast is back

  7. avatar

    great relay..but seriously worst announcer ever!