Lineups for Men’s 800 Free Relay Final Out; Michael Phelps Anchoring U.S. Team

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One hour before the fourth night of finals at the Olympic Games, the lineups for the men’s 800 free relay final were submitted, and the full start list was released a short time later. The Americans, seeded second but favored to win their fourth-straight gold in this relay, will go with a team of Conor DwyerTownley Haas, Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps.

Dwyer (3rd) and Haas (5th) each swam in the 200 free final last night, while Lochte earned a spot on this relay for the 13th straight year with a solid split in this afternoon’s prelims. Then there’s Phelps, who will anchor just more than an hour after he competes in the 200 fly final, going for a third gold medal in that event after previously winning in 2004 and 2008 and taking silver in 2012.

The top-seeded British will be going with Stephen MilneDuncan ScottDan Wallace and James Guy. Guy, the reigning World Champion in the 200 free and fourth-place finisher in the event last night, replaces prelims swimmer Robbie Renwick.

Russia’s lineup includes Danila Izotov, Aleksandr Krasnykh, Nikita Lobintsev and Mikhail Dovgalyuk, while Japan leads off with Kosuke Hagino and Paul Biedermann anchors for Germany.

Australia, which qualified seventh in prelims, will go with Thomas Fraser-HolmesDavid McKeonDaniel Smith and 400 free gold medalist Mack Horton on their squad.

View the full start list here.

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Author: David Rieder

David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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