Mixed relay dubbed “one of the most exciting races in swimming”




The 4x100m mixed medley relay is “100 per cent one of the most exciting races in swimming”, according to Great Britain’s double Olympic champion, Rebecca Adlington. It is quite an accolade for an event which has only just been included on the programme for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

“It’s because of the lead-changing and tactically seeing what the countries do, and how they approach it. It’s a really fun one,” said Adlington, who is now part of the BBC’s swimming commentary team.

This sense of enjoyment seems to be the key asset behind one of the newest events in elite swimming. The mixed medley relay made its debut on the global long course stage at the 2015 FINA Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia; and the swimmers, crowd and television viewers appeared to give it a universally rapturous reception.

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