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Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Francisco Márquez Olympic Swimming Pool, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 17, 1968
Date Finished: October 17, 1968

Gold: USA United States
Silver: URS Soviet Union
Bronze: AUS Australia

Summary

The last five world records in this event had been set by USA teams and it was really a matter of how much they would win by in Mexico City. The race was held on the first day of swimming at the 1968 Olympics. On the first leg of the final, Zac Zorn opened two body lengths on Frank Wiegand of East Germany and the race was over. Steve Rerych, who had suffered from the tourista in Mexico City and had to withdraw from the 200 final, streaked 52.8 on the second leg and nobody was close. Mark Spitz increased the lead on the third leg and Ken Walsh brought them home in a world record 3:31.7 to win by 2.5 seconds over the Soviet Union.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold WR
2 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Great Britain GBR
5 East Germany GDR
6 West Germany FRG
7 Canada CAN
8 Japan JPN
5 h1 r1/2 Spain ESP
5 h2 r1/2 Hungary HUN
6 h1 r1/2 Sweden SWE
6 h2 r1/2 Mexico MEX
7 h1 r1/2 Colombia COL
7 h2 r1/2 Puerto Rico PUR
8 h1 r1/2 El Salvador ESA
8 h2 r1/2 Philippines PHI