2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Swimming: August 6-13
- Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro
- Prelims – 9:00 a.m/12:00 p.m PST/EST (1:00 p.m local), Finals – 6:00 p.m/9:00 p.m PST/EST (10:00 p.m local)
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The relay lineups for tonight’s 800 free relay for men have been released, and what has been speculated all day has happened, Michael Phelps has been named to the American lineup for the final of the 800 free relay. Phelps takes the spot of Jack Conger, who actually had the fastest split on the prelim relay of 1:45.73. Ryan Lochte, who split 1:45.80 in the heats, will also swim the final.
Phelps and Lochte will swim together in the 800 free relay final for the fourth consecutive Olympics, winning gold on all three previous occasions in 2004, 2008 and 2012. The two of them will join Conor Dwyer and Townley Haas on the relay.
- Belgium (L.Croenen, D.Dekoninck, G.Surgeloose, P.Timmers)
- Japan (K.Hagino, N.Ehara, Y.Kobori, T.Matsuda)
- Russia (D.Izotov, A.Krasnykh, N.Lobintsev, M.Dovgalyuk)
- Great Britain (S.Milne, D.Scott, D.Wallace, J.Guy)
- United States (C.Dwyer, T.Haas, R.Lochte, M.Phelps)
- Germany (F.Vogel, C.Fildenbrandt, C.Rapp, P.Biedermann)
- Australia (T.Fraser-Holmes, D.McKeon, D.Smith, M.Horton)
- Netherlands (D.Dreesens, M.Brzoskowski, K.Stolk, S.Verschuren)
Other than the Americans addition of Phelps, the biggest surprise here is the absence of Cameron McEvoy on the Australian team. After tying for the win at Aussie Trials in the 200 free, McEvoy dropped the individual event, but still said he was focusing on the 800 free relay.
With the men’s 100 free semi-finals taking place during the same session, McEvoy won’t swim. David McKeon joins the lineup replacing Jacob Hansford.
The Belgians have moved out Emmanuel Vanluchene for Pieter Timmers, the Russians have replaced Viacheslav Andrusenko for Danila Izotov, and the top seeded Brits have removed Robbie Renwick in favor of James Guy.
All three additions were expected, but it is a bit of a surprise that Vanluchene came out of the Belgian lineup and not Louis Croenen, who has the 200 fly final tonight. Both swam very similar legs this morning.
The Germans and Dutch have also made one move each, as Christoph Fildebrandt and Sebastiaan Verschuren come in and Jacob Heidtmann and Ben Schwietert move out.
Japan is the only team that stands pat with their lineup from the morning, led by Kosuke Hagino.