Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 9, 2016
Date Finished: August 9, 2016
Great Britain had won the 800 relay at the 2015 World Championships, shocking the United States, which had not lost this event in over a decade at major internationals. Britain was expected to be formidable in Rio, but the USA had [Michael Phelps] back, and a rejuvenated [Ryan Lochte], and was the favorite.
[Conor Dwyer] put the USA in the lead in the final, posting 1:45.23 to lead Japanâs [Kosuke Hagino], with Great Britain in fifth place on the first leg. On the second leg, American [Townley Haas] swam 1:44.14 and effectively ended the gold medal battle, giving the USA almost a three-second lead, with Lochte and Phelps yet to swim. Those two swam effectively but were never pushed, and they never pushed it, the USA winning gold in 7:00.66, with Britain in second, 2Â½ seconds behind, and just edging out Japan for the silver medal.