On an amazing nighttime of action in the pool the most impressive race was saved until final as the most ornamented Olympian in history made his excitedly awaited debut at his 5th Games.
Phelps registered a storming 47.12 second leg to spark the USA relay Team that included Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Held and Nathan Adrian. Recognising that a 23rd Olympic medal was in his grasp, he banged on his lane blocks as the USA kept off France in a time of 3:09.92.
Phelps stated the USA desired to comprise for the frustration of completing 2nd in an exact race at London 2012.
“We needed that race back so badly. I performed that race (the London 2012 race) for the guys in the room the other day. In 2008 we experienced a great one, in 2012 we dropped off slightly. My last 4x100 relay, it seems damn great to get a win. It was the best 100m free of my career.