Many viewed Team USA as one the frontrunners to win the men's 4x100 Freestyle on Sunday. Despite a strong start and a pace that was right on par with the world record, Ryan Lochte lost a lead late in the closing meters to the French team. The United States ended up taking home the silver medal, with Russia taking the bronze. Australia finished in fourth despite many labeling them as the favorite to take home gold.
Lochte served as the team anchor, which made sense given his recent dominance in London. Some had questioned his stamina though, especially after competing just a few hours earlier. Many wanted to see Michael Phelps swim the final 100m given his history, but that was not the case. Phelps ended up swimming his 100m in 47.15 (the fastest U.S. split) while Lochte turned in a 47.74.
It was a tough loss for Team USA, but a solid showing nonetheless. A silver medal is hardly anything to be ashamed of. Arizona native Matt Grevers, who trains with a Tucson-based club, will also receive a medal for his efforts.