USA Men’s 400 Free Relay Claim Gold; Michael Phelps Earns 19th Career Gold

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Men’s 400 Free Relay Final:

Caeleb Dressel launched the Americans to a swift start in finals of the men’s 400 free relay holding a tight race with France, Canada, and Australia.

Dressel (48.10), Michael Phelps (47.12), Ryan Held (47.73), and Nathan Adrian (46.97) held off the men of France to re-claim gold with a final time of 3:09.92. This marks the nineteenth gold medal of Phelps’ career and 24th total. 

France’s Mehdy Metella (48.08), Fabien Gilot (48.20), Florent Manaudou (47.14), and Jeremy Stravius (47.11) settled for second and a 3:10.53.

The Australian team of James Roberts (48.88), Kyle Chalmers (47.38), James Magnussen (48.11), and Cameron McEvoy (47.00) charged ahead of the Russian relay team to claim the bronze with a 3:11.37.

The Russian Federation finished a close fourth with a final time of 3:11.64, while the home-crowd favorite, Brazil, picked up fifth with a 3:13.21.

Belgium grabbed sixth with a 3:13.57, followed by Canada (3:14.35) and Japan (3:14.48).



  1. David O

    Phelps time was stunning…can he back up in all events? lol ..USA depth showing through again

  2. Julie Scho

    Glad he came back to the Olympics! They needed him!

  3. Donald P. Spellman

    Ervin just got his second gold at age 35, almost 16 YEARS after his first.
    Epic story right there!

  4. Shari Perry Stewart

    By far this is always the most exciting event of the Olympic swim events and the boys did not disappoint tonight!!!! We were screaming till the end ???!
    CONGRATS USA for bringing the GOLD back home ??

    • Ric Joline

      most exciting, period!! 😉

  5. Teli Pino

    -0,02 after 1,04 wow Pheleps

  6. Paul Osborne

    Well done Michael Phelps, you are an inspiration for every aspiring young swimmer.

  7. Martin Kohl

    Congrats Michael!! This is for ever!!

  8. Linda Engledow

    USA.??????. Take that drug taking cheaters, Russia!

  9. Fred Borg

    Phelps is a swimming machine.

  10. Torri Horovitz

    Nancy Thomson this was one of the best moments of last nights events!! But I also LOVE watching Katie Ledecky just crush the world❤️

Author: Taylor Brien

Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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