Apple anchored the 4X100 freestyle relay squad to victory with a blazing 46.69-second split. Only seven or so swimmers have gone that fast in the 4×100 relay, according to observers. The longstanding world record in the 100 free is 46.91 and that was accomplished with the now-banned supersuit.
The U.S. clocked 3:08.97, the third-fastest time in history, followed by Italy (3:10.11) and Australia (3:10.22).
The first three swimmers, Dressel, Blake Peroni and Bowe Becker, were no slouches with solid legs in the 47-second range. But Apple turbocharged the gold medal effort with a swim one viewer called “absolutely insane.”
As good as it was, Australia’s Kyle Chalmers churned a 46.44 to rally Australia to bronze.
The 100-meter freestyle event is gonna be something.
Watch Apple and the Americans speed to gold right here:
And here are some of the comments from swimming fans:
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