Olympic Swimming Results 2012: France Upsets US Team to Win Gold in 4x100 Relay

Sam R. Quinn@SamQuinn_Senior Analyst IIIJuly 29, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29:  (L-R) Amaury Leveaux, Clement Lefert, Yannick Agnel (water) and  Fabien Gilot of France celebrate after winning the gold in the Men's 4x100m Freestyle Realty on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 29, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps, Cullen Jones and Nathan Adrian didn't get the gold medal that they hoped for, but the American quartet grabbed the silver medal in the 4x100 freestyle relay in the 2012 London Olympics.

The French team made up of Amaury Leveaux, Fabien Gilot, Clement Lefert and Yannick Agnel took the gold medal with a time of three minutes, 9.93 seconds.

This result was the exact opposite of what we saw in 2008 in Beijing.

That year, France held a slight lead heading into the final 50 meters, but United States' anchor, Jason Lezak, hunted down Alain Bernard to steal the gold. This year, the Americans were the victim of an impressive comeback.

Adrian started the United States off and had his team in the lead after posting a time nearly 0.30 seconds better than Leveaux's. Then came Phelps, who increased that lead to about 0.75 seconds before handing it off to fellow 2008 medalist Jones. The lead decreased minutely before Jones touched the wall to spring the anchor, Lochte.

Lochte dove in with a lead, but climbed out in second place. The heir to the throne of American swimming was run down by Agnel in the final stretch. The United States had more than a half-second lead when Lochte dove off the block, but finished 0.45 seconds behind France.

Russia finished in third place, posting a time of 3:11.41, 0.22 seconds faster than the Australian team.

Australia was one of the heavy favorites heading into this relay. Led by James Magnussen, the Aussies were supposed to finish with gold around their necks, but instead, failed to reach the podium in a shocking upset.