Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 26, 1996
Date Finished: July 26, 1996
If there were doubts about the strength of the US teams for the menâs 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 â the first time the nation had participated in an Olympic relay final.