With one of his fastest split times ever, and “probably the best turn that might have ever been done,” the most decorated Olympian earned another decoration.
Baltimore-born swimmer Michael Phelps swam the second leg of the 4×100 relay, making a split time of 47.12 and overtaking France. The win validates Phelps’s decision to come out of retirement, which was prompted partly by his disappointment in the U.S. men’s loss to France in the same event at the 2013 world championships.
Phelps makes collecting gold medals look easy, but the 4×100 relay wasn’t a gimme for the U.S. According to New York Times coverage, France, Australia, Russia all had a reasonable shot at coming in first.
The final time was 3:09.92.
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