After Ricky Berens didn’t get the chance to swim the 400 free relay final, he is getting the mother-of-all chances to swim in the 800 free relay. Not only did the Americans call him up to the final, they put him in the anchor position. With him being a huge veteran in relays, he should have no problem handling that anchor leg for the Americans.
Individual 200 freestyle silver medalist Conor Dwyer will lead the Americans off, followed by Ryan Lochte, who will be swimming his third swim of the night. The other leg will belong to Charlie Houchin, who had the fastest split of any of all of the prelims relays in the morning.
In that first leg, we’ll see four of the top five finishers from the individual 200 freestyle. The Russians will lead off with Danila Izotov, the French will lead off with Yannick Agnel, and don’t sleep on the Japanese, who send 5th-place finisher Kosuke Hagino off on their lead leg, and follow with three other very solid swims.
The full relay lineups:
Great Britain: Guy, Fenwick, Scott, Walsh
Belgium: Surgeloose, Vanluchene, Dekoninck, Timmers
Japan: Hagino, Sotodate, Kobori, Matsuda
USA: Dwyer, Lochte, Houchin, Berens
Russia: Izotov, Lobintsev, Lobuzov, Sukhorukov
France: Agnel, Bourelly, Mallet, Stravius
Germany: Rapp, Deibler, Colupaev, Lebherz
China: Wang, Hao, Li, Sun