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