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Swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Bernat Picornell Pools, Barcelona
Date Started: July 27, 1992
Date Finished: July 27, 1992

Gold: EUN Unified Team
Silver: SWE Sweden
Bronze: USA United States

Summary

The United States had won this event at every Olympics since 1960, save for 1980, when they did not compete. But they had finished second at the 1991 World Championships, behind West Germany, and on paper, the fastest foursome seemed to be the Unified Team. In the final the Unifieds were second after two legs, trailing Sweden, as Anders Holmertz moved them ahead with the second-fastest split ever, 1:46.16. The Unified Team, all Russians, moved marginally ahead at the last exchange, as Yevgeny Sadovy prepared to swim anchor for them. Sadovy came home over 3½ seconds ahead of Sweden, as the Unified Team set a world record of 7:11.95, better the USA mark of 7:12.51 from Seoul. Sweden hung on for silver. The USA had been fourth for most of the race, but caught Germany on the final leg to earn bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Unified Team EUN Gold
2 Sweden SWE Silver
3 United States USA Bronze
4 Germany GER
5 Italy ITA
6 Great Britain GBR
7 Brazil BRA
8 Australia AUS DQ
9 Canada CAN
10 France FRA
11 New Zealand NZL
12 Finland FIN
13 Poland POL
14 Norway NOR
15 Puerto Rico PUR
16 Hong Kong HKG
17 Guatemala GUA
18 United Arab Emirates UAE