Way to Go, USA Swimmers!

11 Aug

Great win for the USA swim team. Defeating the brash French team made the victory all the more sweet — like a chocolate filled croissant! The French squad was running their collective mouth in the days leading up to the big race, but the USA pulled together and won in dramatic fashion. This was indeed one for the ages. Congratulations guys … you made us very proud. GO USA!!!

If Michael Phelps goes on to win eight gold medals in the Olympic swimming competition at the Water Cube, he will owe a huge debt of gratitude to teammate Jason Lezak.

No, make that HUGE.

In one of the greatest anchor legs in swimming history, Lezak reeled in boastful Frenchman Alain Bernard in the final 50 meters to bring the United States home to a breathtaking victory in world-record time in the 4×100 freestyle relay to provide a riveting finish to this morning’s program.

“It was a crazy thing to watch,” said Garrett Weber-Gale, who swam the second leg for the U.S. “If there was anybody in the world who could do this, Jason was the one to pull it off. It was a perfect touch at the finish.”

At the start of the final leg, there appeared to be no way the 32-year-old Lezak could catch Bernard, the world-record holder in the 100 free. Bernard had half a body length on Lezak when he dived into the pool for France and still led by that margin with 50 to go.

“I’m not going to lie,” Lezak said. “When I flipped at the 50 and saw how far ahead he was, I thought, ‘No way.’ Then it changed. It’s the Olympics. It’s for the USA. In five seconds I was thinking all these thoughts. I got a super charge and took it from there.”

Lezak made up some of the deficit on the first 50 but still it looked an impossible task for him to catch the Frenchman. But it’s the 400 freestyle relay, not the 350 and Lezak kept steaming toward the touch pad as the crowd at the Cube roared.

Lezak touched in the astounding world-record time of 3 minutes, 8.24 seconds, lopping more than three seconds off the world record set Sunday night in qualifying by a U.S. “B” team. Bernard touched in 3:08.32 to give France the silver medal after he had predicted a victory for his team.

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