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Swimming at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Olympic Swim Stadium, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 2, 1984
Date Finished: August 2, 1984

Gold: USA United States
Silver: AUS Australia
Bronze: SWE Sweden

Summary

It had been 1962 since the world records was held by a nation other than the United States. The current world mark was set by the US team that won the 1982 World Championships, and with this history, there was little reason to expect a different conclusion. In the heats the USA sent out there B team, and unlike in other years, when they were good enough to qualify first, this time they placed only second to move on to the final. The Americans won once again, and bettered their own world record with a time of 3:19.03. But it was close this time. Australia placed second, only .65 seconds behind the gold medalists. The American team led through the first three legs, but on the anchor, Mark Stockwell passed the US’s Rowdy Gaines just before the final turn, forcing Gaines to claw back with a strong second lap to secure the gold.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold
2 Australia AUS Silver
3 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 West Germany FRG
5 Great Britain GBR
6 France FRA
7 Canada CAN
8 Italy ITA
9 Switzerland SUI
10 Brazil BRA
11 Netherlands NED
12 Venezuela VEN
13 Japan JPN
14 Puerto Rico PUR
15 China CHN
16 Mexico MEX
17 Singapore SIN
18 Jamaica JAM
19 Turkey TUR
20 United States Virgin Islands ISV
21 Guatemala GUA
22 Honduras HON
AC r1/2 Egypt EGY DQ