Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 12, 2016
Date Finished: August 13, 2016
The Americans were heavy favorites to win gold in this event. Of the 14 previous times it had been held at the Olympics, the USA had won 13 gold medals, losing only in 1980, when the US boycotted the Moskva Olympics. Australia, Great Britain, and France were expected to battle for the other medals. The final was notable as it would be the last Olympic appearance of the greatest swimmer of all-time, [Michael Phelps], swimming butterfly for the USA.
[Ryan Murphy] started it out for the USA with a world record of 51.85 on the opening backstroke leg. However, Great Britainâs [Adam Peaty] blasted the breaststroke leg in 56.69 to give Britain the lead after the second leg. Unfortunately for the field, Phelps was the third US swimmer, and his butterfly leg of 50.33 bade farewell to the Olympics, and to the other teams in the race. It was left for Nathan Adrian to bring it home for the Americans as they won gold by 1.29 seconds. Britain held on for silver in a national record 3:29.24, while Australia took bronze. For Phelps this was his 23rd gold medal and 28th Olympic medal, all records that could stand forever.