Michael Phelps started for the US, and, as usual, surged to the front. He took the first turn ½ body length in front and was extending his lead as he got to the second. Phelps touched well ahead of the world record and no one was close.
Phelps continued to extend his lead to what appeared to be 2 full body lengths for Ryan Lochte who, at the first turn, had a 2 ½ second lead over Russia, the next nearest contender. Lochte reached the second turn still well ahead of the world record, and again, not one other racer in the pool was beating the world record. His lead at the end of the 2nd leg, about 2 body lengths. He widened it on the turn. By the third turn, Lochte was three body lengths in front and the US was destroying the World Record. Lochte , a 3 time world champion wasn’t going to give up an inch.
Lochte handed off the baton (figuratively of course) at over 3 seconds ahead of world record pace. Ricky Berens took over and by the end of the first lap, was so far out in front, it looked like he could have stopped for a Margarita on the side of the pool and still won. Berens was already stroking home as other competitors were just making the turn.
Peter VanderKaay (PBK) entered the pool at 3.65 seconds ahead of the World Record. If Jaws was not in the water hungry for Americans, this was over. Again, at the turn, PBK was so far ahead of the pack that the rest of the swimmers could not even flip at the turn before he was clearly driving away.
As PBK turned home, no one was close, and not only did the US team beat the world record, they beat 7 minutes!! The time was 6:58.56 destroying the world record by 5 full seconds and everyone else in the pool by 5.14 seconds. Unheard of!! The camera had to go to super wide angle just to get everyone competing in the picture for the last lap. This was such dominance, that no one could have believed it unless they actually saw it.
That now is 11 total Golds for Phelps!! One more, and he will not only have the most Golds ever in history in the Olympics but the most medals period.