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FINA approves mixed gender relays

Michael Phelps
New rules, boys: Relay teams will be made up of two men and two women.
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP)

Swimming's governing body voted Friday to include two different mixed-gender relays — the 4x100-meter freestyle and the 4x100 medley — at future world championships.

Teams will be made up of two men and two women, and it is up to them to decide the order. So, for instance, a woman could race against a man on the anchor leg.

Having already been tested at a World Cup meet in Dubai last year, the mixed relays will get their official debut at the 2014 short-course worlds in Doha, Qatar, in the 4x50 format. Then they will make their long-course worlds debut in 2015 in Kazan, Russia.

The mixed relays have not been approved for the Olympics.

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