Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps were called on for the final in the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay despite not participating in the qualifier for Team USA.
It wasn't enough.
Lochte was given the lead after three legs but was overtaken as he swam for the wall. French swimmer Yannick Agnel surged ahead of Lochte to earn the gold for his team.
According to London2012.com, France took gold with a time of 3:09:93, with the U.S. finishing in 3:10:38. As noted bySwimming World, the dramatic finish was a reversal of the outcome of the same race at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, when the U.S. edged France in the closing moments. Read more;