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Swimming at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Swimming at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

Events:

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

Gold: USA United States
Silver: GBR Great Britain
Bronze: JPN Japan

Summary

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 Japan’s [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, 2½ seconds behind, and just edging out Japan for the silver medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 United States USA Gold
2 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Australia AUS
5 Russia RUS
6 Germany GER
7 Netherlands NED
8 Belgium BEL
9 Italy ITA
10 South Africa RSA
11 Spain ESP
12 Denmark DEN
13 France FRA
14 Brazil BRA
AC Poland POL DQ
AC Hungary HUN DQ