Olympics 2012: Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps Win Silver Medal in 400-Meter Freestyle Relay

By: Gabrielle Chung / July 29, 2012

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Michael Phelps is getting is groove back.

After failing to medal in the 400-meter individual medley, the 26-year-old Olympian bounced back Sunday by nabbing the silver medal in men’s 400-meter freestyle relay with the man who broke his winning streak during Saturday’s event, Ryan Lochte.

Along with U.S. teammates Nathan Adrian and Cullen Jones, Phelps acquired a strong lead in the beginning of the relay.

So what cost the team the gold?

While the United States was ahead for most of the race, Lochte, who swam earlier in the day and qualified for the 200-meter freestyle an hour before the relay final, fell behind on the anchor leg. France’s Yannick Agnel took advantage of Lochte’s fatigue and sped past the 27-year-old Olympian during the races’ final seconds.

The French swim team took home the gold with a time of 3:09.93, while Russia nabbed a bronze medal for the race.

The American team finished overall with a total time of 3:10.38.

Phelps, who is now two medals away from being the most decorated Olympian in history, has four more events to go before wrapping up at this year’s Olympic Games.

Learn more about the U.S. Olympics team, below.

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