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Relay roles reverse in men's 4x100

Updated: July 30, 2012, 12:36 AM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

LONDON -- In this summer's blockbuster sequel to the 2008 Olympic men's 4x100 freestyle relay, the French sealed the Americans in carbonite this time.

Four years ago in one of the most dramatic moments in Olympic swimming history, the U.S. team fired a proton torpedo into France's Death Star in the form of Jason Lezak, who overcame a body-length deficit to Alain Bernard in the anchor leg. That swim rallied the U.S. to victory, preserved Michael Phelps' eight-gold-medal run and possibly ...

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