The swimming competitions of the Tokyo Olympic Games ended with a world record. The USA maintained its absolute dominance in the 4x100m. mixed men’s team, winning the title for the 15th time in an equal number of events (they only miss the gold of Moscow, where they had not competed due to the boycott).
Ryan Murphy, Michael Andrew, Caleb Dressell and Jacques Apple clocked a time of 3: 26.78, knocking down after 12 years the 3: 27.28 achieved by their compatriots Aaron Pearsol, Eric Sando, Michael Phelps and David 9/8 , at the World Championships in Rome. As in Rio, Great Britain took the second place with 3: 27.51, which is a European record (its own with 3: 28.10 from the World Cup in Guangzhou, in 2019), while Italy with 3: 29.17 marginally surpassed Russia, left Australia out of the podium for the first time since 2004 and won her maiden Olympic medal in the event.
The final was judged to a great extent on the unreal 49.03 made by Dressel (a multi-member of the tournament with five gold medals) in the 100m of the butterfly. Although Murphy was the fastest in the supine, with Italian Tomas Cekon second and Russian Olympian Evgeny Rilov fourth only, Adam Pitti changed the situation completely. The Briton started the front seventh and finished first, making a split of 56.53 and gaining almost two seconds from Andrew.
No matter how hard James Guy fought, Dressell was supersonic and regained a six-tenth lead in the United States, which Apple maintained against Duncan Scott. So the Americans remain undefeated in the 4x100m. mixed men’s team, in an event where their dominance in the “relay races” was shaken, as they won gold in only two of the seven team events.
Italy retained third place, despite Clement Kolesnikov’s attack on Alessandro Miresi in the last 100m, and climbed to the podium for the first time in the mixed team. Russia lost the medal by five centimeters per second, mainly because Riloff covered the 100m. of supine at 52.82 (he had done 51.98 in the final of the event, which gave him the gold medal). Kyle Chalmers’ strong finish was not enough to keep Australia on the podium, while Japan, who finished sixth, set an Asian record.
The results of the final in the 4x100m. Men’s Mixed Team:
1. USA 3: 26.78 (World Record)
(Murphy, Andrew, Dressel, App)
2. Great Britain 3: 27.51 (European Record)
(Greenback, Pitti, Guy, Scott)
3. Italy 3: 29.17
(Cecon, Martinegi, Burdisso, Miresi)
4. Russia 3: 29.22
5. Australia 3: 29.60
6. Japan 3: 29.91 (Asian Record)
7. Canada 3: 32.42
8.China was canceled
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