Host City: Stockholm, Sweden
Venue(s): Swimming Stadium, Djurgården Bay, Stockholm
Date Started: July 12, 1912
Date Finished: July 15, 1912
The world record of 10:55.6 in this event had been set in 1908 at the London Olympics by the winning British relay team. But that record took a beating in this event as, in the first round, the United States bettered the mark with a time of 10:26.4. That record lasted only a few minutes as it was bettered in the second heat by the Australasian team, which won the heat in 10:14.0.
The final was expected to be a close battle between the United States and Australasia, but Australasia dominated the final. The two teams were almost tied at the end of the first leg, but New Zealand’s Malcolm Champion pulled away on the second leg and the Australasians were never again challenged. They won by almost nine seconds in a new world record of 10:11.6.