Men’s 4×100 Medley Relay
The men’s 4×100-meter medley relay was a nail-bitingly close race for gold, silver, and bronze, with Team USA coming out on top over Russia and Italy. The top three teams were also all under or tied with the existing World Junior record.
Drew Kibler, Whitley, Cody Bybee, and Willenbring combined to bring home relay gold for Team USA, ending the meet triumphantly by breaking the World Junior record and championship record set by Russia in 2015 by 0.29, touching in 3:36.15.
Tretyakov, Evgenii Somov, Egor Kuimov, and Girev put up a tough fight to touch second in 3:36.30, under their own World Junior record but just shy of the Americans.
The Italian team of Thomas Ceccon, Martinenghi, Federico Burdisso, and Davide Nardini stopped the clock right at the previous World Junior record of 3:36.44 for the bronze medal.
Australia’s team claimed fourth place in 3:38.39, ahead of Poland’s fifth-place swim of 3:39.14.
France (sixth, 3:41.89), Brazil (seventh, 3:42.35), and Japan (eighth, 3:43.55) rounded out the final heat of men’s relays.