US overhauls French to win Olympic relay gold

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BEIJING - Jason Lezak has outtouched Alain Bernard of France at the wall to give the United States a victory in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay, keeping alive Michael Phelps' bid for eight Olympic gold medals.

Lezak overhauled the Frenchman to win in 3 minutes, 8.24 seconds, breaking the world record of 3:12.23 set by the Americans in Sunday's preliminaries.

France took the silver in 3:08.32. Australia earned the bronze in 3:09.91.

Phelps' hopes of breaking Mark Spitz's record of seven golds in a single games appeared doomed when the French took over the lead at the 250 mark. They were 4.03 seconds under world-record pace at 350 meters before Lezak, the oldest American male swimmer at 32, rallied over the closing strokes.

 
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