Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Bernat Picornell Pools, Barcelona
Date Started: July 29, 1992
Date Finished: July 29, 1992
The USA had never lost this event at the Olympics and had won the 1991 Worlds and Pan Pacs, but the remnants of the Soviet Union won the 1991 World Championships, and had already won the 4 x 200 in Barcelona, and qualified first for the final in this event, despite resting their best sprinter, [Aleksandr Popov]. In the final the Unified Team went ahead on the opener, with [Pavel Khynkin] splitting 49.92, but Matt Biondi split 48.69 on the second leg, opening more than a full second lead on the Unifieds. The anchor saw the Unified Team put Popov on the blocks, but the US lead by then was 1.27 seconds. Popov split 47.83 on the anchor, not nearly enough as [Jon Olsen] came home in 48.28 to win gold for the USA. The final time of 3:16.74 was the second fastest ever, trailing only the winning time from Seoul. This was the first time that the Americans did not set the world record in winning the event at the Olympics.
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