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Swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Bernat Picornell Pools, Barcelona
Date Started: July 31, 1992
Date Finished: July 31, 1992

Gold: USA United States
Silver: EUN Unified Team
Bronze: CAN Canada

Summary

This was the one men’s relay in Barcelona in which the United States came in as the favorites, as the 1991 World Champions and Pan Pac Champions. They had won the event at every Olympics in which they competed, missing only 1980. In the final, Jeff Rouse settled things early when his opening backstroke leg broke the world record for the 100 back, splitting 53.86. That was not that far ahead, as Canada’s Mark Tewksbury swam 54.09, but Canada was not considered a serious gold contender. Still they hung on for second for three legs, as the anchor freestylers were Jon Olsen for the USA, Stephen Clarke for Canada, and the formidable [Aleksandr Popov] for the Russian Unifieds. Popov outswam Clarke by over two seconds to get the Unified Team home for silver. But he had started 2½ seconds behind Olsen, who brought the Americans home in 3:36.93 to equal the world record for the medley relay.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold
2 Unified Team EUN Silver
3 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Germany GER
5 France FRA
6 Hungary HUN
7 Australia AUS
8 Japan JPN
9 Great Britain GBR
10 Spain ESP
11 Italy ITA
12 Puerto Rico PUR
13 China CHN
14 South Africa RSA
15 Estonia EST
16 Belgium BEL
17 Norway NOR
18 Philippines PHI
19 Hong Kong HKG
20 Finland FIN
21 Guam GUM
22 Guatemala GUA
23 United Arab Emirates UAE