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.