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Swimming at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Hall, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: August 28, 1972
Date Finished: August 28, 1972

Gold: USA United States
Silver: URS Soviet Union
Bronze: GDR East Germany

Summary

This was the first relay event of the Munich Olympics, and the final came only 40 minutes after Mark Spitz had won his first gold in the 200 butterfly. The United States had qualified with the fastest time by almost four seconds over the Soviet Union, breaking the world record with 3:28.84, despite resting Spitz and [John Murphy] for the final. The final saw the US shatter that mark with 3:26.42 for the gold medal, with Spitz swimming the anchor leg for his second gold medal of the Munich Olympics. The Soviet Union placed second in 3:29.72 with East Germany well back for the bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold WR
2 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Brazil BRA
5 Canada CAN
6 West Germany FRG
7 France FRA
8 Spain ESP
5 h1 r1/2 Italy ITA
5 h2 r1/2 Australia AUS
6 h1 r1/2 Netherlands NED
6 h2 r1/2 Philippines PHI
7 h1 r1/2 Mexico MEX
7 h2 r1/2 El Salvador ESA