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Swimming at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Indoor Swimming Pool, Olympic Park, Seoul
Date Started: September 23, 1988
Date Finished: September 23, 1988

Gold: USA United States
Silver: URS Soviet Union
Bronze: GDR East Germany


The United States would normally be favored, and they were the defending champions. But they had been challenged at the 1986 World Championships by the Soviet Union and East Germany, the 1987 European Champions, and at the 1987 Pan Pacifics by Canada and Australia. The USA qualified easily, resting three of their top swimmers for the final. In the final the United States took an early lead on the opening leg swum by [Chris Jacobs], but the Soviets closed over the next two legs and as the anchors readied to start, the lead was less than 1/10th second. However [Matt Biondi] was the American anchor and he quickly settled matters, as he blasted a 47.81 anchor, the third fastest split ever swum, and the US had the gold medal and a world record of 3:16.53. The USSR was almost two seconds back for the silver, followed by East Germany.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold
2 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 France FRA
5 Sweden SWE
6 West Germany FRG
7 Great Britain GBR
8 Italy ITA
9 Canada CAN
10 Denmark DEN
11 Netherlands NED
12 Brazil BRA
13 Mexico MEX
14 Portugal POR
15 Singapore SGP
16 Hong Kong HKG
17 South Korea KOR
18 United States Virgin Islands ISV
19 United Arab Emirates UAE
AC Austria AUT DQ