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Swimming at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Swimming Stadium, Roma
Date Started: August 27, 1960
Date Finished: September 1, 1960

Gold: USA United States
Silver: AUS Australia
Bronze: JPN Japan

Summary

This was a new Olympic event, but it was not hard to pick the US as the favorites. They were so strong that for the butterfly leg they left the winner of the 200 fly in Rome, Mike Troy, off the team and replaced him by Lance Larson, the controversial silver medalist in the 100 freestyle. In the heats the Americans’ time was over six seconds faster than the Australians, as they broke the world record with a time of 4:09.2. They easily won the gold medal, almost seven seconds ahead of second-place Australia in the final, breaking the world mark again, with 4:08.2. Japan trailed in third, with Canada fourth, their anchor leg swum by future IOC Vice-President Dick Pound.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold WR
2 Australia AUS Silver
3 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Canada CAN
5 Soviet Union URS
6 Italy ITA
7 Great Britain GBR
8 Netherlands NED
2 h1 r1/2 Germany GER
3 h1 r1/2 France FRA
4 h1 r1/2 Mexico MEX
4 h3 r1/2 Hungary HUN
5 h1 r1/2 Finland FIN
5 h2 r1/2 Philippines PHI
5 h3 r1/2 Yugoslavia YUG
6 h1 r1/2 Israel ISR
6 h2 r1/2 Brazil BRA
6 h3 r1/2 Portugal POR