Michael Phelps Sets Olympic Medal Record, U.S. Wins Gold In 4x200m Relay

Jul 31, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Michael Phelps (USA) poses with his gold medal after his team won the men's 4x200m freestyle relay finals during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Aquatics Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Phelps won his 19th career Olympic medal on Tuesday, becoming the most decorated Olympian ever, as the United States dominated to win gold in the men's 4x200m freestyle relay.

The Americans came into the men's 4x200m freestyle relay as heavy favorites, and it was obvious why when the U.S. outpaced the field to take the gold medal on Tuesday. Not only was the win dominant, it was also record-setting -- it gave Michael Phelps his 19th medal, making him the most decorated Olympian of all time, in any sport.

Team USA finished in 6:59.70, more than three seconds ahead of France, who had beaten the U.S. in the 4x100m relay on Sunday. China won bronze, finishing more than six seconds behind the Americans.

Ryan Lochte led off for the United States' team and took them out to an early lead in the first 100 meters, and then really extended that in his second 100m, giving the Americans almost a full-second advantage as Conor Dwyer took to the water for the second leg.

Dwyer extended the lead Lochte built to a full 2.13 seconds over Germany. Ricky Berens used the third leg to increase the lead to 3.88 seconds before handing it off to Phelps for an anchor leg that amounted to a coronation of sorts. It only seemed fitting that Phelps' record-setting 19th medal would be gold.

Perhaps even more fitting? Phelps' split was the fastest among the four American swimmers.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics Hub. For more on Olympic swimming, follow the 2012 Olympic swimming section.

Check out the SB Nation Channel on YouTube

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.