US captures 4×100 freestyle gold, Phelps’ 19th

Phelps' first 2016 Olympic swim will be in 4x100m freestyle relay

Michael Phelps

UPDATE: Michael Phelps and the United States have captured gold in the men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay at the Rio Olympics. France claimed the silver and Australia took the bronze.

PREVIOUS STORY: Michael Phelps will race for the first time at the 2016 Olympics in Sunday night’s 4x100m freestyle relay.

He will join individual 100m freestyle racers Nathan Adrian (the 2012 Olympic champion) and Caeleb Dressel, competing in his first Olympics.

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Ryan Held, the only holdover from the morning swim, will complete the four-man squad.

As they participated in the relay from the preliminary heat, Anthony Ervin, Blake Pieroni and Jimmy Feigen are also eligible for a medal should the night quartet earn one.

Phelps won gold with the 4x100m freestyle relay in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics as well as a silver with the U.S. men at the 2012 Games.

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