If you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor and check out the men’s 4x100m Freestyle relay final, held Sunday night in Beijing. The U.S. quartet of Michael Phelps, Garrett Weber-Gale, Cullen Jones, Jason Lezak swam a world record 3:08.24 to defeat a heavily favored French team.
Leading up to the race, French star and former 100m free world record holder Alain Bernard publicly announced his team had come to “smash” the Americans. He proceeded to get passed on a sparkling anchor leg by Lezak, who in so doing regelated the Frenchie to the fitting status of former world record holder.
The dominance of the Americans in the pool has continued tonight, with the U.S. claiming 7 medals in 4 finals. Among the highlights:
- Phelps won his 3rd gold in three attempts these games, dominating the 200 free in a world record 1:42.96.
- Natalie Coughlin claimed gold in the 100 backstroke.
- Aaron Peirsol and Matt Grevers went 1-2 in the men’s 100 backstroke.
Keep ’em coming.