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It was originally reported that the United States won the gold medal in men’s 4×100 free relay on the third night at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Tokyo. After the race however, there were rumors that the United States would be disqualified for swimming Zach Apple and Blake Pieroni in the wrong order.

The disqualification was confirmed on the official results report.

Pieroni was listed to go second on the start list but swam the third leg after Apple went second. The commentator on the Olympic Channel pointed this out when he said Pieroni was in the water when it was clearly Apple swimming.

This will elevate Brazil to the gold medal, Australia to silver and Japan to bronze.

The United States will also lose their meet record they set and the 2010 team will live to survive through 2022.

2018 World Rankings:

  1. Brazil, 3:12.02
  2. Russia, 3:12.23
  3. Australia, 3:12.53
  4. Japan, 3:12.54
  5. Italy, 3:12.90
  6. Poland, 3:14.20
  7. Canada, 3:14.50
  8. Hungary, 3:14.51
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ORIGINAL REPORT

The American men had some serious pressure in the 4×100 free relay final to close off night three at the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Tokyo. Caeleb Dressel (48.76), Zach Apple (47.92) and Blake Pieroni (47.72) set Nathan Adrian (47.27) up to bring it home but it was not easy.

Japan and Brazil were tough through 300 meters, but neither team had the depth to match the Americans as the United States has now had the fastest 4×100 free relay in the world for the third straight year. The Americans won the gold in Tokyo with a 3:11.67. The time is also a new meet record, breaking the 3:11.74 record from 2010.

They won the gold at the 2016 Olympics and 2017 World Championships, and would have won the European Championships with their time. Barring what happens at the Asian Games next week, the US will be number one in the world rankings at the end of the year.

Brazil won the silver with a 3:12.02 and Australia won the bronze with a 3:12.53, just ahead of Japan at 3:12.54. Brazil had a great anchor leg from Pedro Spajari who came home in a blistering 46.94, but it was not enough to catch Adrian. Gabriel Santos (48.93), Marcelo Chierighini (47.62), Antonio Ferreira (48.53) and Spajari won the silver medal for Brazil, who have had a good meet thus far in Japan.

Australia won the bronze medal with Jack Cartwright (48.56), Alexander Graham (48.50), James Roberts (47.97) and Kyle Chalmers (47.50). They just out-touched Japan, who broke their own National Record that was a 3:13.65 from the 2017 Worlds. Katsumi Nakamura (48.52), Shinri Shioura (48.19), Katsuhiro Matsumoto (47.61) and Juran Mizohata (48.22) were actually in the lead through 300 but did not have a 47 anchor left in them to stay on the podium.

Canada (3:14.50) and the Philippines (3:37.01) also competed in the final.



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