Swimming: France stuns US to win 4x100 relay

Reuters, Sunday 29 Jul 2012

France avenged their defeat to the United States in Beijing four years ago when they snatched the gold medal in the men's 4x100 meters freestyle final at the London Olympics on Sunday

France's men's relay swim team members from left Yannick Agnel, Amaury Leveaux, Fabien Gilot, and Clement Lefert hold their gold medals after their win in the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park (Photo: AP)

Yannick Agnel, swimming the anchor leg for the French, reeled in Ryan Lochte on the last lap to win gold for France in three minutes, 09.93 seconds.

The Americans, who gambled and lost when they called up Lochte ahead of their sprint specialists, held on to take the silver medal after an exhilarating finish.

Russia got the bronze medal while Australia, who dubbed themselves a "weapon of mass destruction" after winning last year's world championship title, could only manage fourth.

Michael Phelps swam the second leg for the Americans and picked up the first silver medal of his Olympic career to lift his overall medal tally to 17, just one shy of the all-time record.

Four years ago, Phelps won an unprecedented eight golds in Beijing, including the men's relay when the U.S. famously came from behind to beat France on the last lap.

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