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.