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Olympic Swimming 2021: Men's 4x100M Freestyle Relay Medal Winners and Times

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJuly 26, 2021

USA's Bowen Becker, Blake Pieroni and Caeleb Dressel celebrate as USA's Zach Apple touched in first to win and take gold in the final of the men's 4x100m freestyle relay swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on July 26, 2021. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)
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The United States repeated as the gold-medal winner in the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay on Sunday night. 

The quartet of Caeleb Dressel, Blake Pieroni, Bowe Becker and Zach Apple stormed to first place in a time of 3:08.97. 

Sunday's victory marked the first gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics for Dressel, who could be one of the most decorated athletes over the next two weeks. 

The United States beat out Italy and Australia to capture first place. The Americans now have five overall gold medals in Japan and two of them have come from men's swimming. 

       

Results

1. United States (Caeleb Dressel, Blake Pieroni, Bowe Becker, Zach Apple): 3:08.97

2. Italy (Alessandro Miressi, Thomas Ceccon, Lorenzo Zazzeri, Manuel Frigo): 3:10.11

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3. Australia (Matthew Temple, Zac Incerti, Alexander Graham, Kyle Chalmers): 3:10.22

4. Canada (Brent Hayden, Joshua Liendo Edwards, Yuri Kisil, Markus Thormeyer): 3:10.82

5. Hungary (Kristof Milak, Szebasztian Szabo, Richard Bohus, Nandor Nemeth): 3:11.06

6. France (Maxime Grousset, Florent Manaudou, Clement Mignon, Mehdy Metella): 3:11.09

7. Russian Olympic Committee (Andrei Minakov, Vladislav Grinev, Vladimir Morozov, Kliment Kolesnikov): 3:12.20

8. Brazil (Bruno Correia, Pedro Spajari, Gabriel Santos, Marcelo Chierighini): 3:13.41

     

Highlights

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The United States was out in the front of the race for a majority of the 400 meters. 

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GOLD MEDAL FEELING. #TokyoOlympics https://t.co/ON13xf8lkN

Dressel allowed the Americans to race from the top of the field by turning in a first leg of 47.26 seconds. 

Dressel produced the second-best time of the four swimmers on his relay team. The fastest number came from anchor Zach Apple. 

Apple stormed through the pool in 46.69 seconds to create some separation between the Americans, Italy and Australia. 

The United States entered the final with a qualifying time that was over a second worse than Italy, but the team from the preliminary round did not have Dressel swimming a leg. 

Dressel will take part in the 100-meter butterfly, 100-meter freestyle and 50-meter freestyle on an individual level over the next week. He could be involved in medley relays as well.

Italy did not have a swimmer go under 47 seconds, like Apple, but it did have all four competitors turn in times fewer 48 seconds.

The fastest lap in the pool was produced by Australian anchor Kyle Chalmers, who went through the 100 meters in 46.44 seconds. 

NBC Sports' Nick Zaccardi pointed out how fast Chalmers' time was and what it means for the men's 100-meter freestyle final. 

Nick Zaccardi @nzaccardi

Gold for Caeleb Dressel and U.S. But Australian anchor Kyle Chalmers splits 46.44, which I believe is No. 2 in history behind Jason Lezak’s 46.06 from 2008 (others have been between Lezak and Chalmers times in medley relays). The individual 100m free is going to be intense.

As Fox Sports Australia pointed out, the Aussies were sixth when Chalmers entered the pool and he brought them back to a bronze medal. 

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CHALMERS 👏👏👏 Kyle Chalmers was SIXTH when he entered the water and swam Australia into the bronze medal for the men's 4x100m freestyle relay 🙌🙌🙌 Swimming Wrap: https://t.co/kaiUbqV7qk #Tokyo2020 #Olympics https://t.co/GEYoIEdWeA

The United States' overall time was a second faster than the gold-winning team from Rio de Janeiro.

Dressel was the only holdover from the unit that swam 3:09.92 to win gold in Rio. Michael Phelps and Nathan Adrian were part of that squad. 

The United States now owns five gold medals from four different sports. Sunday's relay win made swimming the first multi-gold sport for the Americans in Tokyo.

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