Entornointeligente.com / TOKYO (AFP) – Adam Peaty’s British team smashed the world record to win the inaugural Olympic 4x100m mixed medley relay gold medal on Saturday (July 31), outgunning China and Australia.
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Their four-strong team of Kathleen Dawson, Peaty, James Guy and Anna Hopkin touched in 3min 37.58sec to break the previous 3:38.41sec mark set by China at the Chinese National Swimming Championships in Qingdao last October.
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The Chinese were second in 3:38.86sec with Australia third in 3:38.95sec. The Caeleb Dressel-led United States came fifth after Italy.
The mixed relay was one of three swimming events debuting in Japan along with the men’s 800m freestyle and women’s 1,500m freestyle.
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Teams comprised two women and two men, with each of the four swimmers allocated to one of the four traditional medley strokes – backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle
Britain chose to lead off with Dawson, up against American backstroke giant Ryan Murphy and Australia’s Kaylee McKeown, who won the 200m individual title minutes earlier
Peaty, who won 100m breaststroke gold in Tokyo, then took up the baton
Guy swam a storming butterfly leg to hand over to Hopkin, who brought it home ahead of China’s Yang Junxuan, Australian 100m freestyle champion Emma McKeon and a chasing Dressel
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