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Swimming at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley 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 4, 1984
Date Finished: August 4, 1984

Gold: USA United States
Silver: CAN Canada
Bronze: AUS Australia

Summary

It had been 1970 since a nation other than the United States had held the world record in this event, that being East Germany. Except for 1980, when they were not present, the USA had never lost this race at the Olympics. This was the last event of the 1984 swimming program and the result was expected to be the same. The USA had won gold in world record times at the 1982 World Championships and the 1983 Pan American Games. On the opening leg of the final backstroker Rick Carey went out in 55.41, finally erasing John Naber’s Olympic record for the 100 back. That put the USA well in front, and the race was all but over. On each leg, the US swimmers opened up more of a lead, eventually winning by almost four seconds over Canada, setting a world record of 3:39.30 in the process. Australia won bronze, with West Germany trailing in fourth. As the pro-USA audience cheered their boys wildly, on the side of the pool, American breaststroker Steve Lundquist unfurled a towel, on which he had printed, “America … than you for a dream come true!”

Final Standings

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