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Swimming at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 26, 1996
Date Finished: July 26, 1996

Gold: USA United States
Silver: RUS Russia
Bronze: AUS Australia

Summary

If there were doubts about the strength of the US teams for the men’s freestyle relays no such doubts existed about the medley relay as they would line up with three individual medalists amongst their quartet. The obvious challengers to the Americans were the Russian team who could count Olympic champions Denis Pankratov and Aleksandr Popov as key team members.

If the race had been run in reverse it might be have more interesting as the final two Russians made small gains into the American lead but the damage had been done by the US opening leg swimmer Jeff Rouse. His swim gave the US a margin of 1.6 seconds over Russia which increased to nearly three seconds before it stabilized on the next two legs. The US time of 3:34.84 took over two seconds of the existing world record.

Eighth place in the final went to the Israeli quartet – the first time the nation had participated in an Olympic relay final.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold
2 Russia RUS Silver
3 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Germany GER
5 Japan JPN
6 Hungary HUN
7 Poland POL
8 Israel ISR
9 Ukraine UKR
10 Netherlands NED
11 France FRA
12 Canada CAN
13 China CHN
14 New Zealand NZL
15 Kazakhstan KAZ
16 Croatia CRO
17 South Korea KOR
18 Lithuania LTU
18 Puerto Rico PUR
20 Malaysia MAS
21 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
22 Thailand THA
23 Singapore SIN
AC r1/2 Great Britain GBR DQ
AC r1/2 Portugal POR DQ