USA Takes Pole Position For Men’s 400 Medley Relay Final At 2015 World Championships

Jun 19, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Cody Miller (USA) won the Men's 100M Breaststroke Final at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara, Calif. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports
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A disqualification by Hungary was good news for Russia, as it gave the host country a spot in the finals of the men’s 400 medley relay. Breaststroker Daniel Gyurta left the blocks .19 too early, resulting in the DQ.

The United States team of Matt Grevers (52.85), Cody Miller (59.23), Tim Phillips (51.03) and Ryan Lochte (47.95) put the Americans at the top of a close group of eight with a 3:31.06. Right behind in a previous heat was Australia with a 3:31.86. The United States will go with an entirely different group of four, while Australia used double backstroke champion Mitch Larkin in their relay.

France appeared to use its fastest swimmers in each stroke to qualify third with a 3:32.51, while Japan also put in its top athletes to post the fourth-fastest time with a 3:32.82.

Germany (3:32.94), Great Britain (3:33.37), Poland (3:33.50) and Russia (3:34.02) rounded out the top eight. Russia will make up some ground with the likely addition of Vlad Morozov to freestyle in the finals.