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It's official, Phelps in 4x100m freestyle relay

7 months 2 weeks 4 days ago August 07, 2016 Aug 7, 2016 Sunday, August 07 2016 August 07, 2016 7:54 PM in Sports
Source: Associated Press
By: ApNewsNow

RIO DE JANEIRO - Michael Phelps will be going for his 23rd Olympic medal at the Rio Games.

As expected, Phelps was picked for the 4x100-meter freestyle relay Sunday night. He will swim the second leg, after Caeleb Dressel leads off the Americans.

Ryan Held goes third as the only holdover from the group that posted the second-fastest qualifying time during the preliminaries, a bit of a surprise after Anthony Ervin put up the quickest time among the afternoon swimmers.

Nathan Adrian, the country's best sprinter, will anchor the relay. The Americans figure to face a stout challenge from Australia, Russia and defending Olympic champion France, who are all breaking out their big guns for the 4x100.

Cameron McEvoy is anchoring for the Australians, Vladimir Morozov is going for the Russians, and the French have Florent Manaudou and Jeremy Stravius rested up and ready to go.

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