After narrowly defeating France by the slimmest of margins in the men's 4x100m freestyle relay in Beijing in 2008, it would be the U.S. who was on the end of a crushing defeat, as they would have to settle for silver.
France won the race with a time of 3:09.93. The U.S. was just behind with a time of 3:10.38, while Russia took home the bronze at 3:11.41.
Ryan Lochte was a late addition to the roster, and was the anchor of the four-man team, but he was not able to power past France as the team did in 2008. Michael Phelps was impressive in his leg, but it was not enough to capture another gold medal.
This is the second medal for Lochte, who took the gold in the 400m individual medley on Saturday.
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