2022 FINA WORLD AQUATIC CHAMPIONSHIPS
In the men’s 4×100 medley relay final, Italy surprised the United States, who were the heavy favorites to win the race. The quartet of Thomas Cecon, Nicolo Martinenghi, Federico Burdissoand Alessandro Miressi timed 3:27.51, which equals Britain’s European record set last year. They edged the Americans by 0.28 seconds and the race was tight throughout.
Thomas Cecon got the Italians off to a torrid start with a starting heat of 51.93, a time that would have earned her silver in the 100 backstroke just behind her own world record of 51.60. His race today ranks as the fourth fastest performance ever, just behind his world record, ryan murphy51.85 for Xu Jiayu and 51.86 for Xu Jiayu.
Top 5 performances, 100 men’s backs:
- Thomas CeconItaly – 51.60 (2022)
- ryan murphyUnited States – 51.85 (2016)
- Xu Jiayu, China – 51.86 (2017)
- Thomas CeconItaly – 51.93 (2022)
- Aaron Peirsol, USA (2009)/ryan murphyUnited States (2018) – 51.94
Murphy recorded a gap of 52.51 to put the United States second, 0.58 seconds behind Italy. He was down a bit from his time of 51.97 since finishing second in the 100 backstroke.
|United States||ryan murphy||52.51|
Like the backstroke, the breaststroke was also a two-man battle between Italy and the United States. 100 breaststroke world champion Nicolo Martinenghi got his hands on the wall first with a split time of 57.47, the ninth-fastest time ever in the 100 breaststroke relay behind eight of Adam Peaty’s times. Nic Fink also had a strong leg, matching his 57.86 in the mixed medley relay.
Top 9 of the 100 breast relay splits of all time:
- Adam Peaty, Great Britain – 56.53 (2021)
- Adam Peaty, Great Britain – 56.59 (2016)
- Adam Peaty, Great Britain – 56.78 (2021)
- Adam Peaty, Great Britain – 56.91 (2017)
- Adam Peaty, Great Britain – 57.08 (2021)
- Adam Peaty, Great Britain – 57.12 (2017)
- Adam Peaty, Great Britain – 57.20 (2019)
- Adam Peaty, Great Britain – 57.27 (2018)
- Nicolo MartinenghiItaly – 57.47 (2022)
Intervene in Peaty’s absence, Jacques Wilby was just 0.11 seconds faster than his individual time, clocking 58.82 to move the Britons from fourth to third place. Zac Stubblety-Cook was a bit behind for the Australians, passing 59.88 from his mixed mixed relay of 58.92.
|United States||Nick Fink||57.86|
Even without Caeleb Dressel, the butterfly leg was supposed to be where the United States had the biggest advantage over Italy. Still, Michael Andrew had a very solid fly leg for the United States with a split time of 50.06, the fastest of any swimmer by 0.47 seconds. However, Italy Federico Burdisso stayed with him the whole time, with a split time of 50.63. It was a huge moment for Burdisso, considering he wasn’t even on Italy’s original World Championship squad roster individually. He made a big improvement on the 51.07 he swam on the Italian medley relay in Tokyo, and that drop in time could have potentially decided the whole race. The way Burdisso clung to Andrew was almost a reminder of how Chelsea Hodges stepped up for Australia in the women’s medley relay last year at the Olympics, staying close to the Olympic champion Lydia Jacoby to help his team win gold.
Matt Temple had a solid 50.75 spread to move the Australians from seventh to fifth place. For Great Britain, Jacques-Guy went 51.32, slightly outside the 50-point spreads he usually produces on relays. That being said, he swam three rounds of the 200 butterfly this meet compared to other meets where he was primarily a relay swimmer, which could have contributed to fatigue heading into the final day of competition.
|United States||Michael Andre||50.06|
Kyle Chalmers again dropped a 46-point gap from 46.89 to move the Australians from fifth to fourth. This comes after sharing 46.60 on the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay and 46.98 on the 4×100 mixed freestyle relay, and definitely earns him the top performing relay award in this competition.
Ryan held shared a very fast 47.36 for the United States, but it was not enough to pass Alessandro Miressi, who went 47.48 to help the Italians clinch gold. Maxime Grousset, Tom Deanand Heiko Gigler all had solid 47-point spreads of 47.45, 47.45 and 47.65 respectively.
|United States||Ryan held||47.36|