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United States wins gold in men’s 4x100 free relay

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 07: Michael Phelps and Caeleb Dressel of the United States celebrate winning gold in the Final of the Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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Four years after losing to France in an incredibly tight race, the United States men exacted a measure of revenge Sunday night in Rio.

With Michael Phelps moving the United States into the lead in the second leg, the Americans won the gold medal with a time of 3:09.92. France won the silver, finishing in 3:10.53, with Australia getting the bronze with a time of 3:11.37. Phelps is now up to 23 total Olympic medals in his career, with 19 being gold.

Phelps swam his leg in a time of 47.12 seconds, but the best leg was turned in by anchor Nathan Adrian. Adrian finished his leg in a time of 46.97 seconds, the fastest of any competitor in the race. With the win, the United States reclaimed the gold medal they won with a world record time in Beijing eight years ago.

Caeleb Dressel swam the first leg, with Olympic newcomer Ryan Held swimming the third leg in 47.73.