Team USA break world record to win men's 4x100m medley relay

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 01: Caeleb Dressel of Team United States reacts after winning the gold medal and breaking the world record in the Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on August 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.  (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 01: Caeleb Dressel of Team United States reacts after winning the gold medal and breaking the world record in the Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on August 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

Ryan Murphy, Michael Andrew, Caeleb Dressel and Zach Apple of Team USA reach top podium whilst Team GB pick up silver

Team USA stormed to victory at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre today and set a new world record of 3:26.78 in the men's 4x100m medley relay.

Ryan Murphy launched into an early lead in backstroke, but teammate Michael Andrew couldn't hold off the challenge against Team GB's Adam Peaty and dropped a few seconds behind the British swimmer.

However, Caeleb Dressel made a stunning comeback to gain the lead against Team GB with teammate Zach Apple sealing victory for Team USA and touched gold at a record-breaking time of 3:26.78.

"It's hard to mess that up when you have two world-record holders (Dressel and Murphy) and the fastest American breaststroker ever in front of you. I had an easy job there!," Apple said.

"It's such an honour to represent the USA especially in relays and to come home with gold and a world record is the icing on top," he added.

Murphy was equally ecstatic about their victory and applauded the Organising committee for hosting the Olympic Games.

"It's a massive undertaking to host an Olympics, especially in a pandemic," the 26-year-old swimmer said.

"Throughout the entire past two years everything we heard was 'oh, it's going to be really tough to have these Olympics happen'.

"We got through the swimming, we finished the meet and we were able to do every single event. That is really, really impressive on the part of Japan."

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 01: (L-R) Gold medalists Ryan Murphy, Caeleb Dressel, Zach Apple and Michael Andrew of Team United States pose after the medal ceremony for the Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on August 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 01: (L-R) Gold medalists Ryan Murphy, Caeleb Dressel, Zach Apple and Michael Andrew of Team United States pose after the medal ceremony for the Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on August 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Meanwhile, records also tumbled for the Team GB quartet - Luke Greenbank, Adam Peaty, James Guy and Duncan Scott - as they picked up silver, breaking a new European record at 3:27.51.

The Italian quartet - Thomas Ceccon, Nicolo Martinenghi, Federico Burdisso and Alessandro Miressi, claimed bronze with a time of 3:29.17.

Five Tokyo 2020 gold medals for Dressel

After winning podium in the 50m freestyle event and in the 4x100 medley relay, Dressel now has five gold medals under his belt.

“I tried to convince myself that worlds was the same, and it is the same competition; but it is a lot different here. I’m aware of that now, and I’ll stop lying to myself – it means something different to prepare for something that happens every four years to prepare for something that happens over 40 seconds and 20-something seconds," the US star said.

"You have to be so perfect in that moment, especially as we had to have an extra year – we’ve had a five-year build-up and to be perfect. There is so much pressure in that one moment that your whole life boils down to a moment that takes 20 or 40 seconds. How crazy is that?