Adam Brown just misses London 2012 Olympic 4x100m medley relay medal

PUBLISHED: 20:47 04 August 2012 | UPDATED: 21:09 04 August 2012

Hatfield Swimming Club's Adam Brown. Picture by Paul Sanwell

Hatfield Swimming Club's Adam Brown. Picture by Paul Sanwell


HATFIELD swimmer Adam Brown helped Team GB to fourth place in the men’s 4x100m medley relay final at the London 2012 Olympics as American Michael Phelps claimed his 18th gold medal.

Freestyle specialist Brown, who trains at the Hertfordshire Sports Village pool in Hatfield, brought the men’s medley quartet home just outside the medals at the Aquatics Centre this evening (Saturday).

It was GB’s best result in the race since winning bronze in the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

“We were seeded 13th coming into this and we finished fourth. I feel great,” said Brown, who told the world on BBC that the team would be back in Rio 2016 chasing a medal.

Swimming in lane five alongside the formidable USA team featuring Phelps, Olympic 100m backstroke finalist Liam Tancock swam the opening leg for the GB team and turned third after the first 50m behind America and Hungary.

Tancock was equal third at the end of the first 100m.

He handed over to Scottish 100m breaststroke silver medallist Michael Jamieson in the final event of the Olympic swimming gala.

Jamieson swam a storming second leg to keep GB in medal contention in fourth place.

Michael Rock swam the penultimate butterfly leg against the legendary Phelps, with Hatfield Swimming Club member Brown on the final two lengths.

USA touched first, giving Phelps his 18th Olympic gold and 22nd Games medal, with Japan second and Australia third. The GB four clocked 3mins 32.32secs for fourth place.

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