Men's 4x100m freestyle
The USA quartet of Anthony Ervin (47.28), Ryan Lochte (45.64 - after two races, gold in the mix, and chasing a second crown), James Feigen (47.25) and Matt Grevers (46.23, his 2nd race), took the crown in 3:06.40 to make up for 4th place back in 2010. Italy's Luca Dotto, Marco Orsi, Michele Santucci and Filippo Magnini gave Italy some of the prode lost at a medals London 2012 with silver in 3:07.07 just ahead of Australia, bronze but on the podium after 4th at the Games, in 3:07.27, Tomasso D'Orsogna, Kyle Richardson, Travis Mahoney and Kenneth To ending ahead of Russia's 3:08.01, Vladimir Morozov in sizzling form with a 45.52 lead-off championship record (solo 100m).
History in the making:
World s/c Podiums
Most world titles in this event: 4 - USA, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2012
All-time textile rankings top 5:
From the archive:
On May 1, 1957, FINA decided that world records could only be set in pools 50m long. For several years, that meant that the world records in several events were slower than the pre-May 1, 1957 standard, a line having been drawn in the record books and standard times imposed based in part on the best performances set in 50m pools prior to that date. The 4x100m freestyle was a simple calculation, for while the record in many events had stood to a swimmer who had raced in a 25m or 25 or 33 and a third-yard pool, the Japanese quartet of Hiroshi Suzuki, A. Tani, Toro Goto and M. Koga had set their 3:46.8 in a 50m pool in Tokyo on August 6, 1955. No idea is that Mr Koga is related to the current backstroke swimmer but in the squad who held the mark before the Japanese was a certain Dick Thoman, of Yale and grandfather of current world 100m back record holder Nick Thoman, who today in Dubai raced into the final of the four-lap backstroke.