The French men did it again, duplicating their Olympic gold with another victory over the United States in a thrilling 400-meter freestyle relay at the world championships.
France was next-to-last after Yannick Agnel's opening leg, and was still only fourth after a blistering third leg by Fabien Gilot. The U.S. was slightly ahead of the Australians when Anthony Ervin passed it off to anchor Jimmy Feigen.
But Jeremy Stravius closed fast for the French, touching the wall in 3 minutes, 11.18 seconds. The U.S. was next in 3:11.42, while Russia took bronze in 3:11.44. The Aussies faded to fourth.
The Americans did take two victories on the opening night of pool swimming. Katie Ledecky won the women's 400 free and the U.S. rallied to win the women's 400 free relay.
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