France upsets the favorites to win 4x100 relay

July 29, 2012 - 5:40 PM
London Olympics Swimming Men

United States' Michael Phelps, left, and France's Fabien Gilot compete in the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Sunday, July 29, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

LONDON (AP) — France upset favored Australia and the United States to win the 4x100-meter freestyle relay at the London Olympics on Sunday.

The Americans led all the way until Yannick Agnel pulled ahead of Ryan Lochte in the final lap.

France clocked 3 minutes, 9.93 seconds, and the Americans settled for silver in 3:10.38. Russia took bronze in 3:11.41.

Pre-race favorite Australia was fourth.

It was sweet revenge for the French, who lost a close race to the Americans in Beijing four years ago.