World Record, American Record Kicks Off Day Four in Men’s 200 Free Relay at Worlds – Video

DOHA – Russia started of the fourth finals session with a bang as it took down the world record in the men’s 200 free relay at the FINA World Short Course Championships. Watch Race Video

The foursome of Vlad Morozov (21.01), Evgeny Sedov (20.37), Oleg Tihkhobaev (20.59) and Sergey Fesikov (20.63) blasted the field with a time of 1:22.60.

That performance downed the Russian world record of 1:23.36 from last year’s European Championships in Herning.

Although, the worlds best in the event goes to France with a 1:20.77 from 2009. FINA, however, did not recognize this record when it began doling out world records in this event last year.

That’s Russia’s third men’s relay gold medal in the history of the World Short Course Championships, as the squad also topped the 400 medley relay in 2008 and the 800 free relay in 2010.

Team USA’s Josh Schneider (21.05), Tom Shields (20.99), Jimmy Feigen (20.79) and Ryan Lochte (20.64) obliterated the American record in the event with a silver-winning 1:23.47.

This morning, Schneider, Matt Grevers, Lochte and Darian Townsend posted the American record with a time of 1:25.55.  That mark was short-lived.

Italy’s Luca Dotto (21.45), Marco Orsi (20.43), Filippo Magnini (21.35) and Marco Belotti (21.33) finished third overall in 1:24.56.

Belgium (1:24.72), China (1:27.70), Japan (1:28.45), Paraguay (1:30.54) and Philippines (1:33.12) placed fourth through eighth.

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  • Men’s 200 free relay finals
  • Women’s 100 breast finals
  • Men’s 50 back finals
  • Women’s 50 back semis
  • Men’s 100 free semis
  • Women’s 50 free semis
  • Men’s 50 fly finals
  • Women’s 100 fly semis
  • Men’s 100 IM semis
  • Women’s 200 IM finals
  • Men’s 50 breast semis
  • Mixed 200 medley relay finals

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Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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