Ryan Lochte Overtaken Late As France Wins Gold In 4x100-Meter Relay
US team Nathan Adrian, Michael Phelps, Cullen Jones and Ryan Lochte react after the men's 4 x 100m freestyle relay final swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Park on July 29, 2012 in London.
Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps were called on for the final in the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay despite not participating in the qualifier for Team USA.
It wasn't enough.
Lochte was given the lead after three legs but was overtaken as he swam for the wall. French swimmer Yannick Agnel surged ahead of Lochte to earn the gold for his team.
According to London2012.com, France took gold with a time of 3:09:93, with the U.S. finishing in 3:10:38. As noted bySwimming World, the dramatic finish was a reversal of the outcome of the same race at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, when the U.S. edged France in the closing moments.
The quartet representing the U.S. that won silver in the final was actually an entirely different group from the one that clinched the spot several hours earlier. Lochte and Phelps teamed with Nathan Adrian and Cullen Jones. Adrian took the first leg and was followed by Phelps and Jones. Nathan finished his leg in 47.89 seconds and in first place. Phelps and Jones made certain that Lochte hit the water with that lead intact.
Australia was the top seed entering the final after recording the fastest time in the qualifying heats. They finished fourth. The U.S. squad notched the next fastest qualifying time, followed by Russia, who won bronze in the final.