USA wins women's 4x200 freestyle relay in Rio Olympics

Ross Houston
August 12, 2016

The American held off a late challenge from Japan's Masato Sakai to regain his 200m butterfly title, celebrating victory in a race bristling with tension by pointing to the sky and gesturing to the Rio crowd to "bring the noise" - an order they duly obeyed.

Ledecky's medal haul is now up to three gold and one silver in four races so far.

But the 200 IM. Phelps was 19 and Lochte was 20 at the time.

"I need one more gold medal to become the best African athlete in the Olympics", he said. "We've literally duked it out back and forth. It's going to be a pretty good matchup".

In turn, Lochte attributed his evolution as a swimmer, to the opportunities that he has had of competing against Phelps. Lochte, 32, is battling injuries.

Phelps qualified fastest for the 200m individual medley decider with a time of 1 minute 55.78 seconds in his semifinal at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on Wednesday.

However, as Sports Illustrated noted, Phelps is 4-1 all-time in finals against Lochte, with the only loss coming in the 400 IM in London 2012. Lochte will swim in Lane 5.

Regardless of the outcome tonight, the two teammates know that it will all end well for them.

Don't mess! Michael Phelps didn't just scream and holler after beating his rival Chad le Clos at the 2016 Rio Olympics on Tuesday, August 9.

Phelps has two more chances to set the record for the NEXT two-thousand years with a pair of events still to come: 200 individual medley and 100 meter butterfly. While this isn't the eight-events-for-eight-golds insanity of Beijing, it is an inarguably aggressive program.

Ledecky already won her first gold in the women's 400m freestyle on Sunday night, and will look to add the second of potentially three individual gold medals to her haul in the women's 200m freestyle final.

The Americans' performance may have been a victory for the status quo, but the US relay served as a reminder of how the only constant from one Olympics to the next is change. My career would definitely be different.

"Honestly, I think we've both just grown up". Neither is likely to approach that number Thursday night.

Leah Neale, Emma McKeon, Bronte Barratt and Cook touched in 7:44.87, while Canada's Katerine Savard, Taylor Ruck, Brittany MacLean and Penny Oleksiak clocked 7:45.39. "I'm looking forward to it".

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