The Australian team of Alexander Graham, Kyle Chalmers, Zac Incerti and Thomas Neill finished behind Great Britain and the Russian team in Wednesday’s final.
Australian’s 100m Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers dragged the relayers back into medal contention with stunning second leg.
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 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.Jump to next article