Thanks to the incredible Jason Lezak, Michael Phelps is still in the running for an unprecedented eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics. See the photos and video of the 4×100 relay below.
In what will be remembered as one of the most thrilling relay races in swimming history, 32-year-old Jason Lezak’s incredible final leg of the 400 meter freestyle relay kept Michael Phelps’ hopes alive of besting Mark Spitz’s seven gold medals during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.
Phelps and Lezak, along with teammates Garrett Weber-Gale and Cullen Jones, won the relay and set a world record in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:08.24, shaving four seconds off of the previous WR. Phelps led the first leg of the relay with an American record time of 47.51.
The French team were the heavy favorites and Alain Bernard did a little trash talking before the race during a press conference when they were asked how they would do against the Americans, to which he replied:
“The Americans?” Bernard said. “We will smash them.”
Didn’t you just love the look on the French men when they realized they didn’t win the gold? Priceless….
Click below for more photos and video of Michael Phelps and company winning the gold medal in the 4 x 100 freestyle relay.
Click here to see the Michael Phelps Relay Video