France edges past U.S. in 4x100m men's free relay

The U.S. men couldn't repeat their gold-medal performance in Beijing, falling to France in the closing moments of the 4x100 meter freestyle relay. While the first three swimmers, including Michael Phelps, gave the U.S. an early lead, anchor Ryan Lochte failed to hold onto the lead.

Olympics Day 2 - Swimming

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29: (L-R) The United States (silver), France (gold) and Russia (bronze)pose with the medals won in the Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay final on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

From left, France's Clement Lefert, France's Yannick Agnel, France's Amaury Leveaux and France's Fabien Gilot pose with their gold medals for the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Sunday, July 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

From left, France's Clement Lefert, France's Yannick Agnel, France's Amaury Leveaux and France's Fabien Gilot pose with their gold medals for the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Sunday, July 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Olympics Day 2 - Swimming

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29: Michael Phelps of the United States and teammates Adrian Nathan (L), Ryan Lochte (2nd L) and Cullen Jones (R) celebrate with the silver medals won during the Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay final on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

United States' Michael Phelps, left, prepares for the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Sunday, July 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

United States' Michael Phelps, right, and United States' Ryan Lochte, left, prepare for the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Sunday, July 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

United States' Michael Phelps, left, and France's Fabien Gilot compete in the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Sunday, July 29, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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James Magnusson receives encouragement after his leg of the 4x100m freestyle relay

French supporters cheer on their men's 4X100 meter freestyle relay final team at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Sunday, July 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The United States men's swimming relay team, from left, Michael Phelps, Nathan Adrian, Cullen Jones and Ryan Lochte, below in water, react to their silver medal win in the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Sunday, July 29, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)

France's Clement Lefert, center, France's Amaury Leveaux, left, France's Fabien Gilot, back right, and France's Yannick Agnel celebrate as they win gold in the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Sunday, July 29, 2012.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

United States' Michael Phelps reacts after his team won the silver medal in the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Sunday, July 29, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)

United States' Michael Phelps throws flowers to his mother Debbie after his team won silver in the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Sunday, July 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

United States' Michael Phelps, right, speaks with France's Amaury Leveaux following the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Sunday, July 29, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

United States' Ryan Lochte, left, United States' Nathan Adrian, center, and United States' Michael Phelps speak after receiving their silver medals for the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Sunday, July 29, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)