RIO DE JANEIRO (WWBT) - The United States avenged a 2012 second-place finish to France in the men's 4x100m freestyle relay Sunday with Team USA cruising to a gold medal while France had to settle for silver.
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Following a pair of heats, Russia, the United States, and Australia were only separated by six-tenths of a second heading into Sunday evening's men's 4x100m freestyle relay final, with the trio of teams setting a quick time in the 3:12 range.
Team USA was comprised of Olympians Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Held, Nathan Adrian, and iconic swimmer Michael Phelps.
In the medal event, Phelps gave the United States the lead with a blistering 47-second lap time as Held dove into the water on the second exchange. Held maintained the lead, allowing teammate Adrian to carry a half-second advantage over France to earn gold in Rio.
The results of the 4x100m freestyle relay are as follows:
- United States - 3:09.92 (Gold)
- France - 3:10.53 (Silver)
- Australia - 3:11.37 (Bronze)
- Russia - 3:11.64
- Brazil - 3:13.21
- Belgium - 3:13.57
- Canada - 3:13.35
- Japan - 3:14.48
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