Ryan Lochte to Anchor 400 Free Relay; Joined by Jones, Adrian, and Phelps

  165 Braden Keith | July 29th, 2012 | Featured, London 2012 Olympics, News

According to his agent, Erika WrightRyan Lochte will be anchoring the men’s 400 free relay in tonight’s finals.

There were a lot of questions surrounding this relay order; Lochte didn’t swim the 100 free in the finals at the Olympic Trials, but based on how well he’s been swimming, most speculated that if given the opportunity he could be one of the top four in the United States.

Lochte’s best ever time from a flat-start is a 48.16 from 2009 at US Nationals, but that was done in polyurethane. In 2010, he swam a 48.83 at US Nationals. In 2012, his best is a 48.91 from the Olympic Trials, though he’s already been far faster overall at this meet than he was in Omaha.

He will be joined by Nathan Adrian and Cullen Jones, who were 1st and second at the Olympic Trials in the race, and Michael Phelps. Interestingly, Phelps will swim 2nd, whereas he typically is allowed to lead off this relay. The US has given that honor to Adrian instead, which should be good preparation for his individual race.

1. Nathan Adrian
2. Michael Phelps
3. Cullen Jones
4. Ryan Lochte

Russia

1. Andrey Grechin
2. Nikita Lobintsev
3. Vlad Morozov
4. Danila Izotov

Australia

1. James Magnussen
2. Matt Targett
3. Eamon Sullivan
4. James Roberts

France

1. Amaury Leveaux
2. Fabien Gilot
3. Clement Lefert
4. Yannick Agnel

 

 

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  1. John Sampson says:
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    I smell controversy…….but now all four guys should be 47s! That’d be awesome

  2. Reezy nation says:
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    Seemed like Troy wanted to keep the line up under wraps. I’m rather surprised she would post that. Thoughts?

  3. gosharks says:
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    I think this is a good move.

  4. HKswimmer says:
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    Without taking risks, the US can’t possibly win. I think that even if the lineup according to trials might statistically be a safer bet, they can’t rely on conservatism to clinch this one from the Aussies. Any thoughts on what Magnussen’s going to produce?

  5. Andy Dixon says:
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    Anchor? I don’t like it. Can’t imagine why we would want Nathan to swim in the middle. Ryan’s swimming great but that doesn’t mean he can pop off a fast 100. Plus with the way Grevers swam this morning I thought it would be smart to include him. At least then youd know he’d split a 47 something, instead of just speculating what somebody else will do.

    • Chris says:
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      I think they want to use Phelps and Adrian at the front to keep the US in the mix, especially since Australia will lead off with Magnussen and Roberts.

  6. Liliana says:
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    So who’s out? I suppose Jones is safe because of his second place? Do not tell me that Phelps or Grevers won’t be swimming 4×100?!

  7. Rico says:
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    Didn’t Lochte go 48.8 in semi’s at trials? And the 400 free relay is also pretty much right after the 100 back semi’s. Should be a smart move to leave Grevers off. Especially at 6’8 229 he’s a big dude who needs plenty of recovery

  8. Philip Johnson says:
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    hope the US coaches know what they are doing. it seems they are pulling some tricks out of the bag by putting in Lochte. could be a gamble or a brilliant move. we will wait and see.

  9. Swim Swim says:
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    I didn’t realize that the 400IM could determine how well you were spritining?
    Don’t get me wrong, Lochte is looking awesome but it seems silly to put someone who has never posted a sub-48.5. Phelps should still be on the relay, or more so should have swam this morning, to see what he is capable of now. Not to take up someone else who is a prelims only swimmer spot, but because love him or hate him Phelps is one of the best 100 freestylers the US has. He’s been faster then Lochte untapered right? In the 11-12 season or am I imagining things?

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      in the columbus grand prix, he went 48.4, and negative split it :O, but still, this is the olympics, and phelps looks out of it for the moment. i ‘d rather put someone confident than someone who is “frustrated” with their performance.

      • Swim Swim says:
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        If it was anyone else I would agree with you, but I think it’s more fueled his ‘fire’. I don’t see Phelps not helping the relay. He might be better at sprinting, hopefully. Either way, wish Grevers had made it.

  10. Ben says:
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    greevers out

  11. Shiki says:
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    No Grevers? I want a team of MP, Lochte, Grevers, Adrian…..

  12. completelyconquered says:
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    YES!!!!!!!!!

  13. MCATP says:
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    The issue with this relay is that Grevers has the 100bk final shortly before the relay. The only guys who are used to swimming multiple events in the same session are Phelps and Lochte. If Berens didn’t have the 200Fr he might have had a better 100 in the morning and make it to the finals. Lochte is used to recovering from a earlier race in the session. Has Grevers trained that way?

    • Neptune2029 says:
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      These guys are pros and have all been there before. 30 min in between 100’s during an Olympic final. That should not be an issue.

    • CARDINAL says:
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      “The only guys who are used to swimming multiple events in the same session are Phelps and Lochte.”

      Hey, I think I swam multiple times in one session when I was 10 years old and participating in my first swim meet.

      • MCATP says:
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        Ha yes yes I forget when we were ten and swam everything in one evening.

        They did make the comment to Ricky about how this was his first double in an international competition. I think those small things do matter. Grevers is a medal favorite in the 100 bk compared to Berens who would just love to medal in the 200 Fr. Grevers might want to safely make it in the 100 bk since he swam in the morning. He also will have the medley.

  14. Neptune2029 says:
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    This will be interesting, but still a long shot to beat the Aussies so may not matter if they throw down a bunch of 47 mid-to-lows. Hard to take a 47.5 off when you don’t know what you will get from Jones and really Phelps. Hope Lochte has the speed to get out with these guys.

  15. Eve says:
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    *pops xanax*

  16. TX Swimmer says:
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    Roberts did not look good in the Semi. The US team at this point is looking stronger. Coaches would not have put lochte if they knew they had better options. This team will pull off the win. I hope MP can at least lead off with a 48 flat.

  17. Liliana says:
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    Pat Forde ‏@YahooForde

    Lochte agent tweeted, then deleted, that Ryan will anchor for US tonight. Working on confirmation.

  18. Eve says:
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    I was watching BBC feed this am and Ian Thorpe stated that US team looked “stronger than he thought.” I also read that the tweet was deleted. I guess we will see.

  19. TX Swimmer says:
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    The WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION are in trouble!

  20. MCATP says:
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    Relay in order: Adrian, Phelps, Jones, & Lochte

    • ZYNG43 says:
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      wow thought phelps would lead off

      • MCATP says:
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        I believe the Aussies are front loading their relay with speed so Maybe the US is doing the same so they can try and keep it close at the beginning.

        • Rafael says:
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          If Phelps does not go a 47 on relay start.. we will know that last night was not only a bad day..

          • MCATP says:
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            I agree. Seeing how he swims this will probably determine how the rest of his meet goes outside of the 200fly.

          • Philip Johnson says:
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            you are all over Phelps arn’t you?

          • Philip Johnson says:
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            and i’m still holding you to your word Pereira will challenge him in the 200 IM. you also said Brazil was a threat in the 400 free relay specifically to the US.

          • Rafael says:
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            Philip

            It´s US that is taking a gamble on Phelps.. not me.. I´m still standing with my position that last night was not only a “bad day”

          • CARDINAL says:
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            I am pretty sure Phelps has only gone under 48 once in his career (47.51 in Beijing), and he was wearing a LZR bodysuit. If he goes under 48.50 I will be extremely surprised. The guy is not a freestyle sprinter, never has been, and never will be (LOL at his mother wanting him to train for the 50m free to qualify for Rio; the guy can`t even break 23 seconds).

          • Rafael says:
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            I was count 47 high with a Relay star.. not a flat.. but even is he goes 48 low on relay it will surprise me..

          • junker23 says:
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            Aaaaaayoooo! Phelps swims like a BOSS.

            He was 48.5 at random Grand Prix, there was no way he was splitting slower than that.

    • Liliana says:
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      Wow…okay.

    • CapsWolverinesUSA says:
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      When is the last time Phelps swam a middle leg of a relay? Not that the relay start is rocket science, but it seems like an odd risk too take not leading him off.

    • Jean Marie says:
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      If it wasn’t for the backstroke semi, I would definitely put Matt ahead of Cullen on the relay. I remember in 2008 he had the slowest leg and if it wasn’t for Jason, the USA would not have won the gold.

      • CARDINAL says:
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        I remember in 2008 when Michael Phelps was capable of going a 4:03.84 in the 400m IM.

        So your point is?…

  21. Ole 99 says:
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    I just hope he goes faster than a 47.5 just so we don’t have to hear anything (regardless of the finish) afterward. I just wish the 100 back were at the beginning of tonight’s program. The turnaround is too tight to expect Grevers to repeat his performance. Really hope Jones brings it like he did at trials. We need him to go 47.7 to have a shot.

    They say fortune favours the bold. Let’s hope so.

  22. TX Swimmer says:
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    Wait a minute! The heading is now suggesting Adrian will be replaced by Lezak? If thats the case we are screwed.

  23. Philip Johnson says:
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    very off for Phelps not to lead off.

  24. Dan says:
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    All I can say is Grevers split 47.54 this morning. Fastest American by far.

    • Matt says:
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      Has a fast turn around from the 100 back. I think putting 4 fresh bodies might be a better move just because they’re going to all need Lezak-esque swims circa 2008 to have a shot to win.

  25. WHOKNOWS says:
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    Remember coaches make the decision… how many coaches (you) have been second guessed by your most ardent supporters (the parents!) Chill! Enjoy the race – the guys will do the best they have in their souls today!

  26. Jimmer says:
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    You should change the title of this post, it says Lezak instead of Adrian.

  27. Liliana says:
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    Grevers out, Lochte anchors, Adrian leads off? This has to be some uber brilliancy from USA coaches, not understandable to common people.

  28. Sean says:
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    Grevers going 47.6 in prelims is the real shame about this whole thing because I doubt that Jones can go that fast but America still may have a shot if Magnussen and Roberts repeat their times from the morning, they were probably just going through the motions and I would expect them to be faster, but neither time was particularly impressive.

  29. Braden Keith says:
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    Full relay orders are up. Magnussen to lead off, Roberts to anchor. For France it will be Leveaux and Agnel.

  30. DanAbel says:
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    I think having a plethora of swimmers to select for this relay can be a hindrance just as much as an advantage. There are arguments every which way. Bottom line all four guys that do line up have to bring a massive A game to challenge Australia. The time for debating is over. Game time.

  31. scott says:
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    can’t believe gravers was left off after his time in prelims. I was really excited when I saw that swim. while there is little debate about lochte being the best swimmer in the world, i definitely believe gravers would out-split lochte. i hate to say it but i think lochte having his personal coach as the head coach of the team must have played more then a small part in this decision.

  32. gosharks says:
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    They could have held time trials at camp (Which I’m certain they did) that none of us know about.

  33. Josh says:
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    This is a Hail Mary pass to put together the four freshest bodies to win the race. Grevers has the 100 back right before this relay. Remember, he pulled out of the 200 back at Trials in favor of the 100 free despite being a big contender for that second spot, so we know he doesn’t think he’d be good at multiple swims in one session. What they’re doing is gutsy, but it 1. Eliminates the possible implosion of the relay because someone needs more recovery time between events, 2. Is going to leave the rest of the teams guessing what Lochte is capable of because he hasn’t swam on this relay in awhile, 3. Grevers still gets whatever medal they would win. It’s a very smart move.

  34. john26 says:
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    I hope the US men know what they’re doing. Leaving Grevers’ 47.54 off is a huge risk. They must be awefully confident Ryan and Cullen can do better. I’m not. Though Australia did not yet look unbeatable in the heats.

  35. drdov says:
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    This means that Lochte can’t push his free semi

  36. David Berkoff says:
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    Does anyone know where to get the splits from prelims? Can’t find them anywhere. I heard a tweet-rumor that Ye Shiwen will be anchoring for the aussies.

  37. jz says:
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    It’s on boys! It is going to take a big swim from whomever lines up. I think if they pull an upset it will happen with this lineup. The Aussie lineup will have to tighten up like France did in 08. I am super excited to watch this race today and no matter the outcome, lets remember its a game and a race! I will bleed USA till I die, but good on the winners, no matter what colors they wear!

  38. Fenster says:
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    Looks like the US took Matt Targett’s suggestions from his gold
    Minute Mel interview a couple of months back! Don’t start with phelps and utilize Lochte.

    Going to be a great race!

  39. swimfan50 says:
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    Troy got greedy making Lockte the anchor. Ran down by France…..that line up made no sense to me. Lockte is not a sprinter….come on man

  40. J says:
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    What a shame! US lost the gold due to Lochte! A bad move to leave out Grevers. But then what do we, the fans, know about the thinking behind such master “strategies”?

  41. drdov says:
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    Lochte just had a very demanding 200 free semi before…..i mean what were they thinking????
    It’s a massive pity that the schedule also wasn’t in Grever’s favour, because if he was there fresh America would’ve had a better chance to fight off Agnel
    I’m still waiting for some splits but Phelps blasted his leg!

    • Walter says:
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      American splits: Adrian 47.89, Phelps 47.15, Jones 47.60, Lochte 47.74. 3:10.38
      France splits: Leveaux 48.13, Gilot 47.67, Lefert 47.39, Agnel 46.74 – 3:09.93.

    • scott says:
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      47.8
      47.1
      47.6
      47.7

    • Craig H says:
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      And Agnel’s 200 free semi wasn’t demanding? Lochte’s famous for doing 10,000 meter practices. Why bother if you can’t bring it for 300one in a session?

      • swimfan50 says:
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        exactly….Lockte was “bragging” after the 100 m fly at trials that he was already training and had worked out prior to the fly finals. He has never swam a truly fast 100 free. I’m not a big fan of Troy anyway I’ll admit but him putting Lockte on the anchor was an bad decision. Maybe he had his grill in his mouth that interfered with his breathing / speed.

        • ZYNG43 says:
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          You must be one of those swimmers he called fat… youll live 😉 I’ll admit I laughed at that joke even though I am a fan of Lochte

  42. drdov says:
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    OK, here it is Team USA’s Nathan Adrian (47.89), Michael Phelps (47.15) and Cullen Jones (47.60) delivered Ryan Lochte a lead on the anchor of .55sec , but Locthe’s split was more than 1 sec slower than Agnel

  43. J says:
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    Adrian: 47.89 (reaction time 0.65)
    Phelps: 47.15
    Jones: 47.60
    Lochte:47.74

    • Justin Thompson says:
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      Those are great splits for all those guys and the team did much better than what was expected coming in. Sure we got silver but imagine the hell the Aussies are going through after basically assuming they had this all wrapped up and their top two not even dipping under 48 on the splits. A silver in retrospect for team US is great.

      • J says:
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        I agree silver isnt bad, given the competition. But swimming the anchor leg a full second slower than the eventual winner is not expected from the best swimmer in the world.
        Phelps->Grevers->Jones->Adrian could have won US a gold. We will never know.

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    I think the Americans have to be very pleased both with their effort and their silver medal finish (BTW that’s Phelps’ first Oly Silver). They front-loaded the relay and came quite close to winning it.

    I’m amazed that the Aussies didn’t even podium; they were prohibitive favorites to win. That just shows that you don’t win with your press clippings.

  45. SwimMom says:
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    good news! Michael looks ready for the rest of the week! Lochte looked tired – probably up too late and too much on this plate for today. He will rebound, too…and I’m sure the coaches made the best decision they could.

  46. longcommuter says:
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    47.15 split from Phelps…reports of the King’s demise are premature. With that kind of speed from him in the 100, Phelps likely could have defended his 200 free. We’ll never know…

    • Justin Thompson says:
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      Don’t forget he has the lead off of the 200m free relay where he could establish the fastest time of the meet. He is traditionally not as fast in the relay as he is in the individual 200m free, but I’m sure he would like to drop a time faster than that which won Gold in the individual 200m Free.

  47. drdov says:
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    And to think that Troy what I understand was deliberating dropping Phelps for the relay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Lisa says:
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      based on the results of the 400IM? are you kidding me!!

    • Justin Thompson says:
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      Troy needs to coach this likes it’s a US team and not the just the Gators. A 100 Fr is much different than the 400IM and a 4:09 in that race isn’t terrible by anyones standards other than Phelps or Lochte. I think Phelps will swim great in his remaining races and may even have the fastest 200m free of the meet after leading off the relay and Lochte is still going to dominate in his other events and the 200IM will be a barn burner. Maybe the US could have done better with Grievers over Lochte, but one thing is for certain is that Lochte had no business anchoring that relay. He’s never swam a 100FR that would indicate he could close better than Phelps or Adrian.

      • swimfan50 says:
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        Troy definately seems to favor Lockte. Coach like McKeever – she left Natalie off the women’s relay despite a good prelim swim.

        • liquidassets says:
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          McKeever said that the decision to leave Coughlin off the relay “was not a unanimous vote”. She actually may have lobbied for Coughlin.

    • ZYNG43 says:
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      I have a feeling Troy didn’t personally tell you his plans to deliberately leave Michael off… I don’t see that

  48. Dave says:
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    I feel like the United States just lost the relay due to wanting to put “America’s Golden Boy” aka Ryan Lochte on the relay. He’s not a 100 freestyler, and everybody seemed to know that except the US coaching staff (Greg Troy). I understand Grevers had the 1 back semi closer to the relay than Lochte’s 2 free, but did anyone think he was going to go faster than a best case senario of 47.7?? Grevers was 47.5 in prelims, so worst case senario I’d say he splits the same in finals due to the 1 back, but i’m guessing he gets closer to a 47.3 with the adrenaline of swimming the 4 free relay in finals. It’s another long shot but I think Lezak could have been a better option that Lochte. Just because Lochte is probably going to win the most gold medals, does not mean he is one of the 4 best 100 freestylers for the US. Disappointing by the US coaching staff

    • J says:
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      Totally agree. Lochte sure is going to be the hero of this week, but Troy didn’t act in the best interest of US in 4×100. Deciding on the 4×100 lineup based on the results of 400IM defies logic.

      • Lisa says:
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        He’s not going to be the hero of the week AT ALL after that race.

        • Mialuna says:
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          Also people are being premature thinking Lochte will win the most gold medals. I still believe Phelps will beat him in the 200im and i dont think he will win the 200 free tomorrow….. He swam a great 400im but I don’t think because of that he is the best swimmer today. I believe the USA will win the other relays. Go team USA!

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      You sound a bit like Gary Hall jr complaining about the coaches’ decision for relay personnel in 2004 4×100 relay. :-)

      The coaches rolled the dice by front-loading the relay. They came close. I think whoever anchored for the Americans was going to get run down by Agnel.

      The coaching staff with a second-guessing problem? Not the Americans. No, the Aussies.

      • Dave says:
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        I think the only person who holds off Agnel is Adrian.

        If US leads off Phelps, his split is probably about the same as Adrian’s.
        Grevers probably goes in the 47.3-5 range
        Jones with the same 47.6
        Adrian anchors in the 46.9 to 47.1 range.
        No way Adrian gets run down like Lochte.
        It also doesn’t help that the US drug France for the whole race and let them sling shot past us for the win.

        So yes I’m complaining about it like Gary Hall Jr. But no, I wasn’t on the relay so my opinion doesn’t really matter, unlike Gary Hall who was involved in it

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          backseat driver

        • AmericanSwimSchool says:
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          I’m sure they loved paying US back for what our team did to them in 2008. I was one that asked for Lochte, but definatly thought Grevers should have been on it. The best would have been Phelps, Jones, Grevers and Adrian…many have already pointed this out…I just wanted to agree.

  49. lisa says:
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    Firstly, grevers should have been there. Second I feel so bad for Nathan and Michael whom I’m sure though they handed off a winning relay. They shouldhave cloned lezak of 08!

    • Lucas says:
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      The Fench did AND Callis Jim Agnel…

      • Lucas says:
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        That should read “The French did and called him Agnel…”
        I guess having spell check in a different language makes it a challenge

    • Justin Thompson says:
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      Also too bad for Lochte being put into that position. What the hell was Troy thinking? I doubt it will mess with his confidence, but it has to be embarrassing for him to be out of his element and run down like that.

  50. Dab says:
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    I think we should wait to see who drops more times in finals tomorrow… Lochte in the 200 free or Grevers in the 100 back…. That could help determine who worked harder in thier semifinal and thus determine who was or would have been less tired for the 400 free relay.

  51. TX Swimmer says:
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    To keep the French from winning the US Anchor leg the would have had to split at least a 47.2. I don’t think even Grever’s could have done that a couple of minutes after a 100 back semi. 47.7 split is nothing to complain about anyway. Thats a pretty solid swim.
    The French were simply better team wise. I think a lot of the comments are comming from Lochte haters.

  52. Dan says:
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    Jeez what are the Aussies thinking now. They sucked every which way. No one worse than Magnussen. Phelps was awesome. Looks like he put the 400IM behind him.

    • Rafael says:
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      Roberts was pretty bad also.. 48,06 with relay start?

    • Lisa says:
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      He’s a true champion, he put his disaster behind him and did his best for his team.

      • J says:
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        Yes. He didn’t blame his defeat on anyone else but him. Knowing a thing or two about fluid hydraulics and turbulence, I think lane 8 took away his silver. No wonder, historically no one has won from those lanes. Whatever be the reason, looks like he has moved on.

    • Justin Thompson says:
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      Yes, they didn’t look great tonight, but just like Phelps had a bad race the night before look to both of the Aussies to bounce back in the 100m Free.

  53. DanJohnRob says:
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    The GOOD news is: the US WON a silver medal (they didn’t lose a gold, it was never theirs); the US is 8/8 medals per events swum; the rumors of Phelps’ demise are pre-mature (which bodes well for multiple events); the US now has a good chance for medals in 50/100 free with Adrian/Jones swimming faster than at Trials; Lochte showed more sprint speed than he did at Trials (which bodes well for multiple events); AND we have the top seed who might flirt with the 100 back WR tomorrow because he wasn’t expected to overexert himself today! That’s a lot of upside! I wonder if Vollmer would have won and set a WR today if she had been in the 400 FR yesterday? I question whether she would have. Frankly, the US was lucky in 2008, and if we could only win one 400 FR, 2008/2012, I’m glad it was 2008! Agnel far exceeded my expectations for his freestyle sprinting abilities! The 200 free tomorrow IS going to be the race of the century!

    • jz says:
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      agree with you totally. I know not winning the gold stings, but what can ya do when somebody shuts it down with a killer split. you do like MP did you congratulate them and you move on. Well done boys. You got outraced, but you did your best!

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      lochte went easier on his 200 free than agnel did (1:46.31 vs 1:45.84), but agnel still out sprinted him by a full second. ryan lochte is just not a good sprinter. also, during prelims, he got ran down by Sun Yang (although, who wouldn’t, chinese finishing speed is scary) in the last 50, despite having a great 150 turn.

    • lead-off says:
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      ENOUGH with this “the gold was never theirs”; that statement is predicated on the assumption they could not beat australia; since they DID beat australia, that predicate is invalidated, rendering the statement baseless; so, yes, DID lose the gold

  54. drdov says:
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    I’m a South African who desperately wanted the US to win, i think because mainly i’m a huge fan of MP
    So i’m…….just sad
    But Phelps came good for his team
    It’s a pity swimming is low profile compared to your other sports which just drags away potential talent, because when the likes of MP is gone i don’t see you guys threatening this relay again

  55. Karen_Mizzou says:
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    Grevers probs should have been in the relay, but Lochte went the fastest he’s ever been. He’s not superhuman. Just because we lost, people are looking for someone to blame.

  56. jz says:
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    Why does everybody want to blame somebody. They all killed it, went faster than they were expected to go! Stop pretending you could have done better coaching or racing!

    • Karen_Mizzou says:
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      Thank you!

    • Cory says:
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      Sure, Lochte killed it. And the fact remains that Grevers went faster in the morning. Your logic suggests that Peter Vanderkaay swimming a best time on that relay would have been just as acceptable. We don’t want a best time, we want a fastest time out of the resources available. And that potential belonged to Grevers before that race, as he proved in the morning.

      Indeed, I could have done a better job coaching… by putting Grevers on that relay.

  57. TTheo says:
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    The reality is that all of our swimmers did very well and it’s impossible to have expected more from them. It’s possible that Grevers would have done better in lochte’s position but he did have the 1back just before. I think the real issue is the relay strategy. YOU NEVER SHOTGUN A 400FREE RELAY. The physical advantage of being able to ride a wave is just too huge. There’s a long list of reasons why Lezak was able to split a 46.06, but one of those reasons is that he dove in 2nd and could ride a wave. I think this relay would have been dead even simply if they had reversed the order.

    on another note, I think lochte is a hero. He was put in perhaps the most intense situation of the london swimming, and it wasn’t in one of his better events. That’s tough. To the layman viewer who doesn’t understand the situation it makes him look bad. You gotta feel bad for him.

    • DanJohnRob says:
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      I agree! The US needed him and he gave it his best shot! I think it messed with his confidence too, because he wasn’t able to get under 1:45 in the 200 free today. If he hadn’t been in the relay, I bet he could have won a medal there; although, there was no way he could have beaten Agnel in that race. Also, great mental toughness on Phelps’ part to bounce back and swim so well! I was doubting Gold Medal Mel’s predictions, but after what he said about Phelps, and his predictions for Franklin, which seem to be materializing, I’m not doubting him again! Now, if we could only get NBC to hire the SwimSwam people for commentary in place of Rowdy/Dan (Rowdy, I love you, but your comments often make me cringe! If I hear one more time about somebody’s head being in alignment with his spine!) and those inane Australian amateurs on NBC’s “streaming” (LOL!) video! Ugh! Thank you SwimSwam for improving my enjoyment of the Olympics 100%!!!

  58. Kate says:
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    Lochte not going to press conference looks so bad.

    • ZYNG43 says:
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      Lochte was exhausted today. I’m sure the swimmers don’t want to be getting to bed at 2 a.m. after finals every night! Give them rest

  59. ZYNG43 says:
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    So while we blame Troy lets go ahead and bash the other US mens coaches as well… Cause it is ALL their fault Agnel had an amazing swim.

  60. lv2srf95 says:
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    I think Lochte forgot to put his grill in and turn his brain off before anchoring that relay.

  61. SwimMom says:
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    same for Phelps – even though after ’08 everyone thought he was superhuman – he’s not. It is o.k. – good for kids to see that everyone can have a bad day and a bad race…and then you have to shake it off and get back to racing. That’s the best lesson! So, good for Phelps :)

  62. SwimMom says:
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    also, why does Lochte’s agent need to announce he was swimming on the relay? Isn’t that a bit odd?

  63. John says:
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    Winning gold would have been great, but the silver is still good given the great competition. Awesome swim by Phelps. Second fastest split in the entire race. Only Agnel was faster.

  64. Cory says:
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    The most maddening thing was Lochte in the interview afterwards: “We put our four best guys on the relay.” Who’s he trying to kid?

    • Lisa says:
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      Haven’t you heard? Lochte thinks he’s the best thing since sliced bread, better then Phelps even! What a joke. lol

  65. MarkB says:
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    Funny how CARDINAL had a lot to say early in this thread (“3:07 for AUS, mark my words” and “48.5 for Phelps”), then when the race started – crickets!!

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