Greatest Race Ever — 2008 4x100m Swim Relay

Totally random post here, but I watch this race about 10 times a year and it’s just awesome. So many amazing things about it.

  • Truly unbelievable finish by Jason Lazek
    • Record time of 46.06 split, 10 years later nearly 0.6 faster than anyone in the world (tactically using the UCSB surf method!)
  • Going into the race, the world record was 3:12.46 the Olympic record was 3:13.17.
    • Thus the amazing two facts are staggering to consider:
      • Sixth place and higher would have been a world record!
      • The last place finisher (UK) would have won any prior Olympics!!
  1. USA 3:08.24
  2. France 3:08.32
  3. Australia 3:09.91
  4. Italy 3:11.48
  5. Sweden 3:11.92
  6. Canada 3:12.26
  7. South Africa 3:12.66
  8. Great Britain 3:12.87
  • France talked a ton of trash before the race (note they came back to win it in 2012).
  • Michael Phelps epic 8 gold medals in 2008 depended on this.

 

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