Latest Round In United States-France 400 Free Rivalry Claimed By The Stars & Stripes

(L-R) Caeleb Dressel, Nathan Adrian, Ryan Held, and Michael Phelps of the United States of America (USA) pose with their Gold medals and a US flag after winning in the men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay Final - by Patrick B. Kraemer

The United States won the latest round of its 400 freestyle relay with France, going 3:09.92 behind the foursome of Caeleb Dressel, Michael Phelps, Ryan Held and Nathan Adrian.

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John, I can’t agree with your first there sentences. Unless I reverse the first two and replace feel-good by feel-bad in the third.


Used to see Phelps leading off but the U.S. got it bang on tactically. I’d never heard of Ryan Held until the trials but now he has an Olympic gold medal.

Dave Nicholson

I think this was the race of the Olympics for me. There were so many different story lines and so many ways it could have panned out. The US swam lights out. In fact, US swimmers have swam well across the board in the first couple of days here, with the possible exception of Worrell.

On the French: great swims for everyone but Gilot. I’m always impressed by Stravius in relays, he’s a beast. Great split for Metella as well.

Regarding the Aussies: despite turning in a fast split, I think McEvoy showed that he might struggle a bit swimming in a wash. McEvoy’s going to need to take it out hard in the individual 100. Chalmers swam very, very well and Magnussen did all that could be expected of him.

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