Michael Phelps won a record 19th Olympic gold medal as the United States dominated the 4x100 metre relay.
Michael Phelps won a record 19th Olympic gold medal as the United States dominated the 4x100 metre relay at Rio 2016.
The USA - featuring Phelps, Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Held and Nathan Adrian - took the lead early and never looked like relinquishing it, finishing with a time of three minutes and 9.92 seconds.
Phelps collected his fourth medal in the event with a 47.12 split after an incredible flip turn and underwater dolphin kick. Held duly lived up to his name and maintained the lead with a split of 47.73 before Adrian, who owns the second-fastest individual time in the 100 free this year, held off France's Jeremy Stravius for the win, with Australia taking bronze.
"We wanted to bring that relay back to American soil," Phelps told NBC after the race. "Had some sour taste in our mouths, for me anyway, in 2012, and I'm glad the gold is back on our soil."
Phelps now boasts a staggering 23 Olympic medals in all and will hope to add to that tally in his final Olympics.