Unbeaten since 2005, the team of the United States revalidated its title in a time of 7:01.72. Presenting a quartet formed by Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte, Charles Ouchin and Ricky Berens, the only weak point of the North Americans was the initial leg, in which Dwyer touched in third. Lochte immediately rectified the situation and from then, the winning team was always in control of the situation. It was the fourth medal of the championships for Lochte and his 23rd since 2005!
With a very fast Danila Izotov (first at 200m), Russia gave some opposition but finished with a silver performance in 7:03.92. The bronze went to China (also third in London last year), touching home in 7:04.74. The silver medallists at the 2011 Worlds and 2012 Olympics, France, missed the podium, concluding in fourth (7:04.91). Yannick Agnel was quite solid in the first 200m (1:45.44, second) but the subsequent efforts of Lorys Bourelly, Gregory Mallet and Jeremy Stravius were not enough to secure a medal.
World Record: United States, 6:58.55 – July 30, 2009 in Rome (ITA)
Championships Record: United States, 6:58.55 – July 30, 2009 in Rome (ITA)
2003-2011 winners in this event: 2003 – Australia (7:08.58); 2005 – United States (7:06.58); 2007 – United States (7:03.24); 2009 – United States (6:58.55); 2011 – United States (7:02.67)
The best in this event (1. most victories or 2. fastest time): United States (1973, 1978, 1982, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 & 2013)
2012 Olympic podium: 1. United States (6:59.70), 2. France (7:02.77), 3. China (7:06.30)