France got revenge. After being the victim of a stunning U.S. comeback in the 4x100m freestyle relay in Beijing, the French returned the favor on the U.S., coming from behind to win the gold and relegating the U.S. to silver. Russia won bronze. Pre-race favorites Australia finished fourth.
The U.S. built a sizable lead in the first two legs with Nathan Adrian outdueling the reigning 100m freestyle champ James Magnussen in the first leg and Michael Phelps swimming the fastest American leg in the second. The French made a late charge, however, with 20-year-old Yannick Angel catching Ryan Lochte on the final leg.
Lochte won round one. Though teammates here, this was a marginal win for Phelps in round two. This silver medal, Phelps’ first, was his 17th Olympic medal, moving him one off the all-time record.
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