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Result: France retain men's 4x100m freestyle title

France retain the 4x100m freestyle title at the World Swimming Championships in Kazan, beating host nation Russia by just 0.4 seconds.

France have successfully defended their 4x100m freestyle relay title at the World Swimming Championship, edging out host nation Russian Federation at the Kazan Arena.

Three of the four swimmers that won gold two years ago returned, with Mehdy Metella joining Florent Manaudou, Fabien Gilot and Jeremy Stravius.

France's Mehdy Metella, Florent Manaudou, Fabien Gilot and Jeremy Stravius pose during the podium ceremony of the men's 4x100m freestyle relay swimming event at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan on August 2, 2015© Getty Images

Russia had been quickest in the heats this morning, but could not keep the defending champions behind them, finishing just 0.4 seconds back, while Italy came in just ahead of Brazil for bronze.

The final was the first without the United States at the Championships, with the Americans failing to qualify from the heats this morning.

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