“I was trying to do the best that I can,” said Franklin, who still has four more events in London. “I was in an incredible heat. I really wanted to go best time.”
After lingering in his lane for a few seconds, Phelps retrieved his cap, went over to congratulate le Clos, and hustled out of the pool to get ready for the relay, where he was matched against stiff opposition that included Yannick Agnel of France and Sun Yang of China.
The Americans were hoping to have a comfortable lead by the time Phelps went in the water, leading off with Ryan Lochte, followed by Conor Dwyer and Ricky Berens.
Before that, Phelps had to return to the deck for a medal ceremony.
He bit his lip, leaned over to have the silver medal draped around his neck, and forced a smile.
It sure didn’t feel like a celebration.
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