Swimming: US men win gold in 4x100 free relay, deliver Dressel first medal in quest for six at Tokyo

AP , Monday 26 Jul 2021
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USA s Zach Apple (bottom) celebrates with teammates Caeleb Dressel, USA s Blake Pieroni, and Bowen Becker as the celebrate winning to take gold in the final of the men s 4x100m freestyle relay swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on July 26, 2021. AFP

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Caeleb Dressel is off on his quest for six swimming gold medals at the Tokyo Games, leading off an American victory in the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay.

Dressel gave the U.S. a lead it never relinquished, swimming the first leg in a blistering 47.26 seconds.

Blake Pieroni and Bowe Becker kept the Americans out front before Zach Apple turned in an anchor leg of 46.69 to leave no doubt at the end.

The U.S. won in 3 minutes, 08.97 seconds, the third-fastest relay in history. Italy took the silver in 3:10.11, with the bronze going to Australia in 3:10.22.

 

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