The Americans have named their men’s 800 free relay for tonight’s finals as Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer, Ricky Berens and Michael Phelps on the anchor: a position that he’s rarely occupied in his career.
Dwyer was the lone swimmer pulled up from the prelims relay after having the top split there in 1:45.5, and placing 5th in the 400 free earlier in the meet. He may have hit his taper as well as anybody on this American team. There had been some speculation that Peter Vanderkaay might get a chance though he didn’t finish in the top 8 at the Olympic Trials, especially after taking a bronze in the 400. The coaching staff, led by his coach Gregg Troy, has decided against that though.
France will counter Phelps on the anchor with Yannick Agnel, who will look to recreate his heroics from the 400 free relay where he ran down Ryan Lochte. This should be a much taller order, as Phelps is clearly a much better 200 freestyler than Lochte is a 100 freestyler. Still, the French should enter within striking distance as Agnel is joined by Gregory Mallet, Clement Lefert, and Amaury Leveaux.
China has also subbed-in Sun Yang on their anchor, which makes them moderately dangerous.
1. Ryan Lochte
2. Conor Dwyer
3. Ricky Berens
4. Michael Phelps
1. Amaury Leveuax
2. Gregory Mallet
3. Clement Lefert
4. Yannick Agnel.