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The United States Just Dominated The World In The Best Swimming Event

The most exciting Swimming event at the Olympics, the 4x100m Freestyle Relay, wasn't all that exciting in Tokyo because the United States just shat on the rest of the world.

Let's put this into perspective...

             

These times are ABSURD. They almost broke the World Record, which has stood since Beijing 2008.

Anytime a swimmer or relay team comes within a hair of a record set at the Beijing 2008 Olympics is insane. Remember what they wore at those Games?

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They were mermaids! To this day people basically said this was equipment doping (or technical doping). The team above broke the World Record by a full FOUR SECONDS in Beijing. And, I mean, who can forget how fucking incredible that race was…

The fact Team USA almost finally broke that record tonight 13 years later is crazy.

Zach Apple was the hero tonight with a sub-47 split for his anchor 100m leg. His 46.69-time clinching Gold is only the eighth time a man has done it in the 4x100m Freestyle Relay Final, and three of those happened in Beijing. That is craziness.

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That is as close as an exchange (the moment between one guy touching the wall and the next swimmer getting off the blocks) can basically get. During the broadcast, Michael Phelps even thought they may have blown it live, it was that close.

NOTE: How fucking STUPID is it that there is no clip of the close call anywhere? The lack of moments and clips on social is a joke. Come on, IOC/OBS and NBC…

I love the Olympics. I love Team USA. And I love this image…

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The pool was FAST tonight in Tokyo. 2019 World Champion Ariarne Titmus of Australia took down Katie Ledecky in the Women's 400m Freestyle tonight with her personal best time, while Ledecky swam her second-fastest time ever. Titmus winning isn't crazy, but seeing Ledecky with a Silver Medal is a weird sight to see. She is still going to DOMINATE the longer races.