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Tokyo Olympics: Kyle Chalmers rescues Australia's 4x200m relay team for a bronze medal

Australia's 4x200m freestyle relay team have come away with a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics - but the swimmers were just 0.01 second off being disqualified. 

Aussies Kyle Chalmers, Alexander Graham, Zac Incerti and Thomas Neill finished third behind silver medalists the Russian Olympic Committee while Great Britain took the gold.

But when Incerti dove into the pool for the third leg, he left the blocks 0.03 seconds early.

Luckily for the Aussies a leeway time of exactly 0.03 seconds is given to swimmers for relay changeovers meaning the team were able to just hold onto their bronze medals.

Aussies Kyle Chalmers, Alexander Graham, Zac Incerti and Thomas Neil will now all take home bronze medals after battling it out in the highly anticipated 4x200m freestyle relay 

Australia's freestyle relay team has stormed to an Olympic finish with a bronze medal under their belt, with powerhouse Kyle Chambers unable to beat out the British squad

Chalmers who is the reigning Olympic 100m freestyle champ swam second in the relay and gained an extraordinary leg up on the other competitors.   

After Graham touched in seventh, Chalmers powered into third at the halfway stage.

Incerti then held ground in a pack trailing well behind the Brits, with Australia fourth when Olympic debutant Neill entered for the last leg.

The 19-year-old then produced a class swim under pressure.

Neill clocked the fast split of all the Australians to not only hold off the United States for the bronze medal, but almost pinch silver from the Russians.

Great Britain won in six minutes 58.58 seconds followed by the Russians (7:01.81) just ahead of Australia (7:01.84).

Australia's swimmers have now won four gold medals, one silver and four bronze at the Tokyo pool.  

Speaking after the race, Graham - who is also debuting - said he couldn't believe he was walking away with a bronze medal.

'We always knew it was going to be a tight race. To come away with a medal is pretty special,' he told Channel 7.

Neil admitted he was 'quite nervous' going into the race as the anchor while also giving a nod to a former NRL star.

Great Britain's Duncan Scott is seen shaking the hand of Aussie swimmer Zac Incerti following the 4x200m freestyle relay

'A bronze medal at the Olympics - as Matty Johns said in Newcastle back in 1997, better than Lego,' he said. 

Chalmers said he was comfortable swimming second in the relay.

'I think historically I've swam second in a lot of relays now and I knew that the 4x2, I wanted to be second and have the big rooster bring us home,' he said. 

More to come. 

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