LONDON — Michael Phelps, after just becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time, will anchor the U.S. men's 800-meter freestyle relay tonight.
The surprise decision — Phelps tends to lead off — was announced just before the start of the 200-meter butterfly, in which he won silver.
The U.S. relay team will be led off by Ryan Lochte, who on Sunday anchored the 400 frees relay and gave up the race-long lead to French swimmer Yannick Agnel, in a reverse of what happened so dramatically in the Beijing Games. Second will be Conor Dwyer, followed by Ricky Berens.
Phelps will face some competition should the relay be close: France is going with Agnel again as its anchor, while China has Sun Yang, who recently won silver in the 200 free over Lochte.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times