Canada’s Markus Thormeyer, left to right, Brent Hayden, Yuri Kisil and Joshua Liendo huddle together following a fourth place finish in the men’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay during the Tokyo Olympics in Tokyo, Japan on Monday, July 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Mission’s Brent Hayden just misses podium at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Canadian men's 4x100 metre freestyle swim team sets national record, but finishes in fourth

  • Jul. 26, 2021 12:00 a.m.

Mission’s Brent Hayden and his teammates on the Canadian men’s 4×100 metre freestyle swim team set a new national record, but failed to capture a medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Hayden and his squad finished with a Canadian record-breaking time of 3:10.82 which earned them a fourth-place finish, just behind the bronze-winning team from Australia which finished in 3:10.22.

The United States repeated as the gold-medal winner in the event on Sunday night with a time of 3:08.97 while Italy was second finishing in 3:10.11.

Hayden, 37, a three-time Olympian, led the way for the Canadian team, which also included Joshua Liendo Edwards, Yuri Kisil, and Markus Thormeyer.

Hayden, who announced his retirement nearly a decade ago, made an amazing comeback and qualified to compete in the 2020 Games.


1. United States (Caeleb Dressel, Blake Pieroni, Bowe Becker, Zach Apple): 3:08.97

2. Italy (Alessandro Miressi, Thomas Ceccon, Lorenzo Zazzeri, Manuel Frigo): 3:10.11

3. Australia (Matthew Temple, Zac Incerti, Alexander Graham, Kyle Chalmers): 3:10.22

4. Canada (Brent Hayden, Joshua Liendo Edwards, Yuri Kisil, Markus Thormeyer): 3:10.82

5. Hungary (Kristof Milak, Szebasztian Szabo, Richard Bohus, Nandor Nemeth): 3:11.06

6. France (Maxime Grousset, Florent Manaudou, Clement Mignon, Mehdy Metella): 3:11.09

7. Russian Olympic Committee (Andrei Minakov, Vladislav Grinev, Vladimir Morozov, Kliment Kolesnikov): 3:12.20

8. Brazil (Bruno Correia, Pedro Spajari, Gabriel Santos, Marcelo Chierighini): 3:13.41

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