It was almost a mirror image of the women’s 4×200 free relay earlier in the night. Australia had the lead on the United States and it was up to the American anchor to try and catch the Australians over the last 200. Katie Ledecky could not quite catch Maddie Groves in the women’s relay. But in the men’s relay, Townley Haas successfully swam down Jack Cartwright of Australia and the United States won its first relay gold medal of the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Tokyo.
The Americans won the gold medal in 7:04.36 with Andrew Seliskar, Blake Pieroni, Zach Apple and Haas. The Australians put up a valiant effort in second as they got the silver at 7:04.70.
Japan was a distant third at 7:08.07.
Brazil (7:11.65) and Canada (7:18.25) also competed in the final.