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Swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Bernat Picornell Pools, Barcelona
Date Started: July 29, 1992
Date Finished: July 29, 1992

Gold: USA United States
Silver: EUN Unified Team
Bronze: GER Germany

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold
2 Unified Team EUN Silver
3 Germany GER Bronze
4 France FRA
5 Sweden SWE
6 Brazil BRA
7 Great Britain GBR
8 Australia AUS
9 New Zealand NZL
10 Italy ITA
11 South Africa RSA
12 Puerto Rico PUR
13 Guam GUM
14 Finland FIN
15 Hong Kong HKG
16 Bermuda BER
17 Guatemala GUA
18 United Arab Emirates UAE