The roles have been reversed from the Olympics just four years ago. In 2008 at the Beijing games, American Jason Lezak chased down Frenchman Alain Bernard in the final seconds of the 400-meter relay to give Team USA the gold. This year, Frenchman Yannick Agnel came up huge for his country as he edged American ace Ryan Lochte in the final stretch to give the French their revenge and the gold medal.
Team USA finished in second-place with the Russians finishing in third. The Australians were favored to win the event but came up with a disappointing fourth place finish.
Lochte had a half-second lead of Agnel in the final 100-meters but Agnel made up the distance by swimming a 46.74-second split compared to Lochte’s 47.74. There is some positives that come with the second-place finish. With the silver medal, American Michael Phelps comes within one medal of Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina for the most medals in Olympic history.
Team USA currently has 11 medals in the 2012 games and is second in the overall standings behind the Chinese who have 12.