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Lezak leads U.S. to record gold on this day in Olympic history in 2008

From left, Brendan Hansen, Michael Phelps, Aaron Peirsol and Jason Lezak show their gold medals after the 400-meter medley relay in 2008. Lezak anchored the U.S. to gold in the 400 freestyle relay as well.
From left, Brendan Hansen, Michael Phelps, Aaron Peirsol and Jason Lezak show their gold medals after the 400-meter medley relay in 2008. Lezak anchored the U.S. to gold in the 400 freestyle relay as well. AP

Aug. 11, 2008

It was a race to the finish, but in the end, Jason Lezak pulled through for the United States in record-breaking fashion. Swimming the final leg in a stacked men’s 400-meter freestyle relay final, Lezak dashed through his lap of the pool inside Beijing’s National Aquatics Centre in 46.06 seconds, overcoming more than a half-second deficit to lead the United States to gold. The quartet of Michael Phelps, Garrett Weber-Gale, Cullen Jones and Lezak finished in a world-record time of 3:08.24, edging out France by .08 seconds and shattering the previous record the United States set in prelims the day before by nearly four seconds. Five of the eight teams in the final finished faster than the world-record time.

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