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The United States prevailed in the 4 by 100 freestyle relay Monday, topping Italy with the third fastest relay in history.

The Americans put up a statement race leading from wire-to-wire. they no longer had Michael Phelps to rely on but Caeleb Dressel, gave the U.S. the early lead, and Blake Pieroni kept it through the halfway mark.

Then it was Bowen Becker’s turn. He turned over a half-body length lead to Zach Apple who took the Americans home.

The men from Russia had been expected to give the U.S. men their toughest competition but failed to make the podium. Australia came won the bronze medal.

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