Jul 30, 2021 - Sports

Britain wins gold in first-ever Olympic mixed 4x100m medley relay

Photo of a row of swimmers diving backwards into the water at an Olympic pool

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Great Britain claimed the gold in the mixed 4x100-meter medley relay's Olympic debut on Saturday in Tokyo.

Driving the news: The team, comprised of Kathleen Dawson, Adam Peaty, James Guy and Anna Hopkin, finished with a 3:37.58 time, a new world record. China won the silver, while Australia took the bronze.

  • Team USA, featuring Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Murphy, Lydia Jacoby and Torri Huske, finished fifth. Jacoby, whose goggles slid down her face as she jumped into the water, lost nearly 10 seconds to Peaty.

How it worked: Each team, comprised of two men and two women per country, swims the backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle. The teams themselves decide the lineup, and which leg of the race each team member swims.

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