Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 7, 2016
Date Finished: August 7, 2016
France came in as the team to beat. They had won this event at the 2015 World Championships and at the 2012 London Olympics. The United States and Australia were also expected to medal, despite the fact that neither team had made the final of the event at the 2015 Worlds.
In the end that would be the podium, but the USA pulled a stunner to win the gold medal. France got off to the lead on the opening leg, swum by [Mehdy Metella], but the second US swimmer was some guy named [Michael Phelps], and after 200 metres, he had given the USA a full second lead, which even Franceâs redoubtable [Florent Manadou], swimming their third leg, could not overcome. The Americans ended up winning gold by 0.61 seconds over France, with Australia back almost the same amount in third.