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