Gold for Adrian, 4×100 medley relay at worlds

Bremerton's Nathan Adrian, left, celebrates beside France's Fabien Gilot after the US team won the gold medal in the men's 4x100m medley relay final at the World Swimming Championships in Kazan, Russia, Sunday. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian, left, celebrates beside France’s Fabien Gilot after the US team won the gold medal in the men’s 4x100m medley relay final at the World Swimming Championships in Kazan, Russia, Sunday.
(AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

For the second straight day, Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian helped Team USA to gold, this time in the 4×100 medley relay at the World Swimming Championships in Kazan, Russia, Sunday.

The Americans, including Ryan Murphy, Kevin Cordes, and Tom Shields, won in 3 minutes, 29.93 seconds. Australia earned the silver in 3:30.08 and France took the bronze in 3:30.50.

Adrian, swimming the freestyle anchor leg, had a split time of 47.41, but it was Australia’s Cameron McEvoy who was charging hard right next to him and nearly clipped him at the wall. McEvoy’s split was 46.60.

“I saw two great swimmers on either side of me,” Adrian said. “I knew that I was going to have to swim fast to hold them off, especially the last 30 meters.”

“I don’t even know the times. I don’t know what anybody split, really,” Adrian said. “Obviously all four of us did our part, or we wouldn’t be on top of the podium. We had four great swimmers on that relay right there, and we needed four good swims. None of us needed to be great, but we had to have four good swims.

“That’s kind of what I thought to myself and what I told the guys before the race. It’s a relay team. It’s not about any individual performance.”

Two years ago the U.S. was disqualified when Cordes dived in too soon on the breaststroke leg.

Adrian said the medley win was a great way to finish off the meet

“It means a lot,” he said. “We can ride this momentum going into next year and back in the states at US nationals, those guys are swimming fast and it’s exciting. I hope everyone is getting excited.”