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Swimming at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Swimming at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 12, 2016
Date Finished: August 13, 2016

Gold: USA United States
Silver: GBR Great Britain
Bronze: AUS Australia


The Americans were heavy favorites to win gold in this event. Of the 14 previous times it had been held at the Olympics, the USA had won 13 gold medals, losing only in 1980, when the US boycotted the Moskva Olympics. Australia, Great Britain, and France were expected to battle for the other medals. The final was notable as it would be the last Olympic appearance of the greatest swimmer of all-time, [Michael Phelps], swimming butterfly for the USA.

[Ryan Murphy] started it out for the USA with a world record of 51.85 on the opening backstroke leg. However, Great Britain’s [Adam Peaty] blasted the breaststroke leg in 56.69 to give Britain the lead after the second leg. Unfortunately for the field, Phelps was the third US swimmer, and his butterfly leg of 50.33 bade farewell to the Olympics, and to the other teams in the race. It was left for Nathan Adrian to bring it home for the Americans as they won gold by 1.29 seconds. Britain held on for silver in a national record 3:29.24, while Australia took bronze. For Phelps this was his 23rd gold medal and 28th Olympic medal, all records that could stand forever.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold
2 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Russia RUS
5 Japan JPN
6 Brazil BRA
7 Germany GER
AC r2/2 China CHN DQ
9 Hungary HUN
10 France FRA
11 Italy ITA
12 Poland POL
13 South Africa RSA
14 Lithuania LTU
15 Greece GRE
16 Canada CAN