The men’s 4x100m freestyle relay was expected to be a battle between the United States and Australia, but it ended up being a rematch between the U.S. and France from 2008 when the Americans came back in heroic form to take gold.
However, this time the ending was reversed as France came back in the final leg to catch the United States to take gold. The U.S. finished second.
Nathan Adrian swam the first leg for the U.S., followed by Michael Phelps, Cullen Jones and Ryan Lochte as the anchor.
With the silver, Michael Phelps earns his 17 career medal, and his first medal of the 2012 London Games. Saturday, Phelps finished fourth in the 400-meter individual medley.
Phelps needs just two more medals of any color to become the most decorated Olympian of all time.
In the morning’s qualifying heat, Australia recorded the top time of 3:12.29, just ahead of the Americans, who finished at 3:12.59. In the morning heat, Jimmy Feigen, Matt Grevers, Ricky Berens and 2008 relay-hero Jason Lezak swam for the U.S. The coaches opted for four new, fresh swimmers in the evening’s final.
The U.S. won the 4x100m freestyle relay in Beijing, setting a world record en route to defeating France and Australia. The victory wasn’t easy, however. The Americans were trailing until Lezak, the anchor, swam 46.06 to get the U.S. the lead and the gold medal.
The Americans knew the 2012 Olympics would be another challenge. Australia and France defeated the Americans at the 2011 World Championships, where the Aussies took gold, France the silver and the U.S. in third.
The Americans have historically owned the 4x100m freestyle relay, winning a medal in the event at every Olympics since it was added to the program in 1964.
The U.S. won the event from 1964 through the 1996 Atlanta Games before they were dethroned at the 2000 Sydney Games by Australia. The Americans took bronze in 2004 before getting back into golden form in 2008.
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