The final day of swimming saw medals and Olympic quotas being awarded in the men’s and women’s 4x100m medley relay. The 12 fastest nations during the heats qualified a team to compete at the Olympics. Swimming at the World Aquatics Championship is was held in Gwangju, South Korea from July 21st to July 28th 2019.
The heats for the men’s 4x100m medley relay was topped by Russia who finished with a time of 3:30.72, this was 1.21 second faster than second place United States. Also qualifying to the Olympics were Japan, Great Britain, Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Belarus, Canada, Lithuania and Hungary.
The final saw multiple lead changes with Russia’s Evgeny Rylov taking the lead after the backstroke leg. Great Britain’s Adam Peaty took the lead during the breaststroke while the United States’ Caeleb Dressel took the lead during the butterfly. The final freestyle leg saw the best performance coming from Great Britain’s Duncan Scott whom helped his team win gold with a time of 3:28.10. The United States and Russia won silver and bronze with times of 3:28.45 and 3:28.81 respectively.
The women’s 4x100m medley relay saw the United States win the heats with a time of 3:55.39, 2.80 second faster than second place Australia. Also qualifying to the Olympics were Italy, Canada, China, Sweden, Great Britain, Japan, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and Russia.
The final began with a world record backstroke leg by Regan Smith of the United States. The nation continued its great performance by setting a new relay world record of 3:50.40, over a second faster than their previous record. Australia stayed in second for most of the race, but was overtaken by Canada during the butterfly leg, but a strong freestyle leg by Cate Campbell allowed Australia to finish with the silver medal while Canada won bronze with times of 3:53.42 and 3:53.58 respectively.
The only other opportunity for nations to qualify in these events is by being one of the four fastest nations not yet qualified in an approved event ending on May 31st 2020. Overall, 24 nations qualified at least one relay with Australia, Germany, Russia and the United States qualifying in all seven Olympic relays.