FLASH…World Championships, Day 4, Men’s Events: USA Quartet wins 4x200m Freestyle Relay
The US men’s 4x200m freestyle relay team broke the world record in a dramatic gold medal swim to cap off an extraordinary night of swimming at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatics Centre.
The US boys never led from the start when they won the gold medal in the 400m freestyle Kieran Smith opened proceedings with a first-leg 1:41.04 before delivering at the bell Carson Foster (1:40.48) and then Trenton Julian (1:41.44), before Drew Kibler (1:41.16) brought the team home nicely.
Collectively, the USA stopped the clock in 6 minutes, 44.12 seconds, 2.79 seconds faster than the world record of 6:46.81 set by Brazil at the 2018 Hangzhou Championships.
Australia’s gallant team was also under the old world time, clocking 6:46.54 to set a new Oceania, Commonwealth and Australian record with Italy taking the bronze in 6:49.63.
The Dolphins won a silver medal in the 400m freestyle Thomas Neill ahead of “King” in 1:41.50 Kyle Chalmerss, clocking the fastest time of the night in 1:40.35, giving it to the Gold Coast youngster. Flynn Southam Who did 1:41.50, with the Rio Olympic 400m champion Mack Horton Bringing it home to Australia in 1:43.19.
The Italians were in contention for bronze, ahead of Korea by 0.04 seconds Matteo Ciampi starting in 1:42.68, Thomas Cecconbounced back with a 1:42.61 in her 100IM gold medal swim, followed by Alberto Razzetti (1:42.76).
The man was left to anchor Paolo Bonnin Conte brought the Italians home in 1:41.58 who crushed the Korean anchor Jaehoon Yang –three seconds to secure the bronze.
More to come…