USA vs France: The most epic Swim Relay Finish – Beijing 2008

USA vs France: The most epic Swim Relay Finish – Beijing 2008


That was one
of the most expected races. The goal of Michael Phelps was
winning eight gold medals, more medals than Spitz did
in 1972. (FRENETIC RELAY BEIJING 2008
OLYMPIC GAMES) (MEN’S 4X100 METRES FREESTYLE
RELAY FINAL BEIJING NATIONAL AQUATICS
CENTRE 11TH AUGUST 2008) Always exciting at the Olympics
and this should be a good one. Finals of the men’s
four by 100 freestyle relay. The Americans
have to win golden here if Phelps is to keep
his hopes alive of surpassing Mark Spitz. And there is the French team
there. They are the favourites and they have been doing
some talking. Alain Bernard, their world-record holder
in the hundred free earlier, told a newspaper, “Well,
what about the Americans? We’re going to smash them.
That’s what we came here for.” (FREDERICK BOUSQUET
SILVER MEDAL – FRANCE) Hello? Under no circumstances
had we collectively achieved a great race… ..that allowed us to claim to be the favourites. It’s the other players
in swimming, managers, technical staff,
journalists, obviously, who created a story upstream of this race. It added an enormous weight
on the basic goal of the team. If we wish to imagine it so,
we were in the arena of the Coliseum,
in the corridors, and we were ready as gladiators
to go out and give our lives. Phelps going first. Amaury Leveaux.
France leads it off. Look at Eamon Sullivan
from Australia though! Wow, he’s out! Oh, my goodness! 22.48! Look at the world record line. Way ahead of it
is a number of swimmers! (ALAIN BERNARD
SILVER MEDAL – FRANCE) Hello? Leveaux made almost his best
time at the start of the relay. After him Fabien Gilot made a very good relay. He overtook all the competitors
and arrived in first position and behind him Frédérick
Bousquet also swam very well. And I tried to make
the best possible race. There was a moment, when
I made the turn to the 50m, I realised during the turn
that I was in the lead and I passed the Australian
and the American. And then I say to myself,
“Fred, you have to go on, you don’t have to crack,
you have to get even more ahead to ensure victory when you give
the relay to Alain.” But I see that I give
the relay to Alain almost 90 hundredths ahead. That means that I give him the relay with 1.5
metres ahead. Nothing can happen,
nothing can happen to us. We’re going to be
Olympic champions. I left extremely fast
the first 50 metres. After that, I did not look at Jason Lezak
for the remaining 50 metres because I was breathing
all four movements on the right side
and he was on my left. But the last metres I felt his presence
in my field of vision and there it became
really complicated. Lezak is closing a little bit
on Bernard. Can the veteran chase him down
and pull off a shocker here? Well, there’s no gap,
it is tight enough! Bernard is losing some ground.
Here comes Lezak! Unbelievable at the end!
He’s done it! The US has done it!
They’ve done it! Phelps’ hopes alive! I realised when Alain
was at 75 metres, when he has 25 metres ahead. I began to realise that we were losing the race. And I saw him
completely stick to the line, I saw the American
who was going up in the race, totally surfing and I told myself that
too many errors were committed and that we wouldn’t get out
of this that well. The last moments
after touching the wall, when I realised
that we were not first, I had a feeling
of enormous disappointment regarding my team-mates who swam really well before me. I felt the responsibility
was all mine. I felt that failure
and disappointment. And for eight hundredths
one does not win. And I do not want
to talk about defeat. I do not want to say
that we lost the title. I just say we did not win, we were not capable
of winning that day. 46.06 split for Lezak! What a clutch fast swim
when they needed it! Who’s talking now? Stunned. I think they need to use another word
other than “smash.” Wow! That might be the most
incredible relay split I’ve ever seen
in my entire life. 46 flat! At that point, I was more
concerned about Alain, he was overcome. He’s not out of the water yet, he’s putting
his head in his hands and he starts crying saying
that it’s all his fault. So I care much more about
the condition and behaviour
and moral condition of Alain, my team-mate, than about the celebration
of others. So it was true that Jason Lezak took advantage of my wave when I left extremely fast
the first 50 metres. He sticks to the line rope,
he sticks on the side. And besides,
he sticks to the side of the American relayer. Then Jason Lezak
with all the lucidity, all his intelligence
and all his experience, in just a move
he also sticks to the line, being a slight distance
from Alain. He takes his wave and uses advantage of the speed
that Alain creates for him, in turn surfing this wave. This allows him to save energy and place an acceleration
in the last 15 metres, when Alain
is cracking physically. (CAMILLO CAMETTI
CHAIRMAN FINA MEDIA COMMITTEE) Lezak built up a motivation from the previous Olympics,
of course. But also he was motivated by Michael Phelps winning
eight gold medals. And he did not want
to be blamed for not letting Michael Phelps stay on course for his goal. Actually,
it was absolutely insane. It was the fastest
relay split ever. For me,
the reason we did not win is to say that the coaches made the decision to change
the order of the relay an hour and a half
before the final of this relay. This change supposed
a peak of stress for everyone but especially for
Frédérick Bousquet and myself because suddenly starting
in third and fourth position in a relay is not the same. They messed up the race. How could they destabilise us
in such way? We didn’t understand
and we were… ..we were lost, really. It’s been eight years
since it happened and when I speak of it, I still have the same emotions
that stand out because, for me,
they spoiled our moment. And it is difficult, even
today, to talk about it again. (THE FRENCH GOT THEIR REVENGE
FOUR YEARS LATER, BEATING THE AMERICANS
FOR GOLD.) (TWO DAYS AFTER THIS RACE,
ALAIN BERNARD WON GOLD IN THE 100 METRES FREESTYLE,
LEAVING LEZAK IN THIRD.) (BERNARD RETIRED FROM
SWIMMING IN 2012. HE WAS INDUCTED IN THE
INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING HALL OF FAME
AS THE CLASS OF 2017.) (ON THE LINE)

100 Replies to “USA vs France: The most epic Swim Relay Finish – Beijing 2008”

  1. 다른 팀은 모르고 미국팀은 알고있던 기술인데 마지막에 리작이 버나드 옆에 딱 붙어서 가지… 버나드는 별생각없이 리작쪽으로 붙었다 과학적으로 뒤에 따라가는 선수는 저항을 적게 받는 단다. 리작이 21초 나온 비결은 버나드가 저항을 줄여줘서라고 나사에서도 시뮬레이션하고 그랬다

  2. So ! The French want to say it was Bernard's " wave" that " allowed" Jason Lezak to win ?????? ——Unwilling to admit they just got beaten, they say it was they who " allowed " Lezak's incredible swim ?? ————Poor losers——-sour grapes ! —————————-WolfSky9, 72 y/o

  3. What is even more impressive is that bernard's split also was a super quick 46.73 and lezak did it

  4. France loosing to the Americans is like how they lost to Germany in ww2. They had all the preparation but still can’t avoid the loss . Poor france

  5. Was this a bad mixtape copy? Keep the French commentary to yourself and just feature the nail biting race… you're welcome 😜

  6. I love how everyone's commenting about the editing and not how that was one crazy swim relay 😂👌

  7. İ saw this live and it is an amazing race.France did not underatand how they lost when the race will finalize 10m later when they are 2m ahed of u.s.

  8. It was never about revenge, it was about the "talking" before the race. If the french didn't start talking big, no one would care.

  9. فقد التزكيز الفرنسي الاخير وكان يفكر في المنصه قبل التحدي مشان هيك خسر الفريق السباحه لعبة التركيز حتي اخر الانفاس ولحظة ان الفرنسي كان يميل الي الايسار علي الامريكي وهذا خير دليل انه فقد السيطره السباح الجيد الذي لايحيد عن مساره بين الخطين…..للاسف كان ودي فرنسا تفوز لكن الامريكان مبدوع في لعبة السباحه وفي اخر 19 سنه عملوا مدرسه وخط للاعب الامريكي ناس مبدعون.والي الان2019

  10. I see all the comments about weird editing but I didn't notice.guess I was just busy reading the subtitles.

  11. The French coming up with all sorts of excuses, including blaming the American and talking about defeat while still ahead in the race. Classic.

  12. The sole purpose of this video is to try to salvage the egos of the French and French team!   They had done the bragging beforehand and came up short.  In short they lost and the American team made one of the most spectacular comebacks!  The IOC tries to suggest that the French came back four years later but the circumstances and participants were not the same! The fact that the IOC promotes revenge and one nation above another shows the corruption that has plagued the IOC for sometime.

  13. As usual the French hate Americans to win well too darn bad and use the excuse they didn't want to upset Michaels record they're just good

  14. The audio editing doesn't match the original broadcast. It has the American announcers calling Lezak's win way too early.

  15. This was the most incredible swim race ever!
    I didn't think there was any way Lezak could catch him!
    Still wonder if he really did!
    *The ONLY race MORE inspiring for AMERICA was '76 women's relay over steroided East Germany!

  16. Bernard miss his race at wc Rome 2009 he swam in relay 46.46 while here he swam 46.76 that is a good time but not for a world record holder .

  17. 0.08 second is 17 cm. last 50 M bernard swam 39 stokes jason lezak 33, in the 100 m final two days after in the last 50 m bernard swam 35 stokes and lezak 35 too.
    Bernard spam the first 50 in 21, 27 and the second 25,5 s

  18. per la storia dell'onda è una mezza cazzata,il francese poteva nuotare centralmente, se fosse vero è stato stupido allora e merita la sconfitta

  19. Uhhh… started out in English and then nothing but French?! Why? May have been nice to know what was being said…

  20. AMERICA ALL DAY EVERYDAY!!! As Jo Koy SAYS, " F*** FRANCE!!" THEY HATE AMERICA SO THEY CAN THEY CAN KISS OUR{AMERICAS} A^^!!! AMERICA #1 ALWAYS!!! KNOW,TRUST& BELIEVE

  21. NO DOUBT, ALL PARTICIPANTS IS PRACTICE FULL, STAMINA FULL, TECHNICAL FULL, POWERFUL FULL AND STRONG……..
    BUT WINER IS WONDERFUL…….

  22. Look at Lezak's technique around 4:20 when he catches up with Bernard. He waits for his second arm to come into the water before the pulling with his 1st arm. It's like both his arms are pulling quickly one after the other.

  23. Ohhh quit yall bellyaching, you didn't come in first but you didn't lose, you got a silver medal in the OLYMPICS sheesh how many people can say that..

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