Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: July 31, 2012
Date Finished: July 31, 2012
With Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte leading the US team, this event was virtually conceded to the Americans. That was accurate. Lochte opened the final for the US and led by a full second at 200 metres as Conor Dwyer took over. Dwyer and Ricky Berens extended the US lead, and with Phelps on anchor the race was over. He came home in the fastest split of the night with 1:44.05 to bring the USA a gold medal in 6:59.70, the first ever sub-7 minute mark in textile suits. Behind the US the race for the medals went to France in second, over three seconds back, anchored by Yannick Agnel, who had won the 200 freestyle in London, with China third, led by Sun Yang, second to Agnel in the 200 free.
For Phelps this was a historic 19th Olympic medal, giving him the record for the most Olympic medals won all-time, breaking the mark he had tied in London, set by Soviet gymnast Larysa Latynina with 18 from 1956-64. He and Lochte also won their third gold medals in this event, the first time that had occurred in the 800 relay.