Team USA Resets Mixed Medley Relay World Record with 3:38.56

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Team USA continued to dominate the mixed 400 medley relay, loading their relay with four Olympic gold medallists as their members.

Matt Grevers got the race up to a swift start with a 52.32 split, holding off Australia’s Mitch Larkin and China’s Xu Jiayu, before transitioning to recent breaststroke World Champion Lilly King. King (1:04.15) faced a field of mainly men as Adam Peaty moved Great Britain up into contention.

King touched the wall and it was all Caeleb Dressel. The sprint phenom chased down Australia, Canada, China, Great Britain, and Russia to deliver the lead to Simone Manuel with a sizzling 49.92 split. Manuel held the lead, unleashing a 52.17 split to power Team USA to a combined World Record time of 3:38.56.

The race for silver went to Australia (3:41.21) and there was a tie for bronze with Canada and China (3:41.25) touching simultaneously. The Aussies saw stellar splits from the ladies as Emma McKeon (56.51) and Bronte Campbell (52.30) finished them off. Canada also led off with a solid swim from Kylie Masse on backstroke as she went 58.22. Masse could not set a world record on the lead-off even if she went faster than her 58.10 from yesterday. The Canadians were also brought home by Penny Oleksiak (56.18) and Yuri Kisil (47.71).

Great Britain (3:41.56), Russia (3:43.02), Germany (3:46.03) and Italy (3:46.33) also competed in the A-final. Britain also had some swift splits from Adam Peaty (57.12) and James Guy (50.51) on breast and fly.

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7 comments

  1. Mika Meller

    Mixed relays are so cool!!!!!

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      AvidSwimFan

      Since Kazan 2015. And it will be at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

    • Jamie Keyte

      You’ve clearly never watched world championship swimming of you haven’t seen it before