Nathan Adrian might not have the Michael Phelps story line in the pool, but the American swimmer still has something to prove.
As he hops in the pool Wednesday night, the 27-year-old from Bremerton, Washington, looks to become the fifth athlete to repeat as the men’s 100-meter freestyle Olympic champion four years after barely edging out field favorite James Magnussen of Australia in 2012.
During the London Games that year, Adrian touched the wall in a personal-best 47.52 seconds, a mere one-hundredth of a second earlier than Magnussen, to become the first American male to win the event since Matt Biondi did in 1988.
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