Team USA goes for the gold and wins, again, setting a new world record in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay team. While much of the huge media attention was around teammate Michael Phelps' quest for an unprecedented eight golds, Rod 2.0 fave Cullen Jones also swims into history as the United States'
first second black gold medalist in swimming. It was a sweet moment the Bronx-born swimming phenom who missed his chance to qualify on a second berth on the U.S. Olympic team.
The dramatic relay was completed in a world-record time of 3 minutes, 8.24 seconds and considered one of the most dramatic swimming meets ever. Gold medal sensation Michael Phelps swam the first leg, Garrett Weber-Gale the second and Cullen Jones the third. But "it was Jason Lezak's fastest split in history" in the final leg at 46.06 seconds "and mad dash in the final 50 meters that had everyone buzzing."
The 24-year-old Bronx born phenom becomes the
first second black American swimmer to win Olympic gold.& ; Anthony Ervin was the first, winning the 50-meter freestyle in a tie with Gary Hall Jr. at Athens in 2000. A few scenes from the win and the medals ceremony, where Michael Phelps and Cullen Jones spend most of the time in each other's arms.
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