Olympic Swimming 2021: USA Sets World Record to Win Men's 4x100M Medley Relay 

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVAugust 1, 2021

Caeleb Dressel, of United States, starts the men's 50-meter freestyle final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
AP Photo/David Goldman

The United States men have won every Olympics gold medal in the 4x100m medley relay in event history. They weren't about to lose that streak Saturday night. 

Ryan Murphy, Michael Andrew, Caeleb Dressel and Zach Apple took home the gold medal with a world-record time of 3:26.78, besting Great Britain (3:27.51) and Italy (3:29.17). 

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Paul Carr @PaulCarr

The U.S. men have won the 4x100 medley relay at all 15 Olympics they’ve raced it! 🇺🇸<br><br>🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇

Not a bad way for the United States to close down the swimming portion of these Tokyo Games.

"There's been so much we've had to go through this past year," Apple, who swam the freestyle, said on the NBC broadcast after the race. "We were talking last night, we spent 14 months kind of in isolation, kind of doing our own thing. And we trusted that we each were doing the right thing. And it all comes together at the end of this whole quarantine, and we're able to break the world record. It's just really special."

Paul Carr @PaulCarr

How the U.S. set a world record...<br><br>🇺🇸 Ryan Murphy: fastest backstroke split in the race (52.31)<br><br>🇺🇸 Michael Andrew: 4th-fastest breaststroke split (58.49)<br><br>🇺🇸 Caeleb Dressel: fastest butterfly split (49.03)<br><br>🇺🇸 Zach Apple: fastest freestyle split (46.95)

Nick Zaccardi @nzaccardi

Fastest 100m butterfly relay splits in history per <a href="https://twitter.com/USASwimming?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@USASwimming</a><br><br>Caeleb Dressel 49.03 (2021 Olympics) <br>Dressel 49.28 (2019 Worlds) <br>Dressel 49.33 (2019 Worlds) Michael Phelps 49.72 (2009 Worlds)

The men nearly didn't qualify for the race, making it by a meager 0.34 seconds. That left them in the top lane for the race. But they handled their business when it mattered.

"It's funny, we talked about the world record yesterday," added Dressel, who swam the butterfly. "It's not something we wanted to be scared of, we wanted it thrown in our face. And we knew we had a shot at it. Even in Lane 1, it doesn't matter, we had a lane and we had a goal. And it's really nice to come together, at the end of a meet, and win in that outside lane. It's really special."

It has concluded a truly special Olympics for Dressel, one of the breakout stars at these Games:

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The only male swimmers with five gold medals at a single Olympics:<br><br>Mark Spitz<br>Matt Biondi<br>Michael Phelps<br>Caeleb Dressel<br><br>That's the list. Legendary. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TokyoOlympics?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TokyoOlympics</a>

It concluded a truly dominant showing from the United States swimming team, which finished with the most medals (30) and gold medals (11) of any nation in the sport. The U.S. men finished with 12 total medals and eight golds, topping both categories. 


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