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Swimming medal streaks to watch at 2016 Rio Olympics

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The U.S. has won nearly a third of all Olympic swimming medals ever awarded and look to add to their 500-plus medals at the 2016 Rio Games.


Team USA swimmers have dominated a number of events – their gold-medal streaks date back to the ’90s or even earlier in some cases. The U.S. swimmers hope to continue this legacy, but other countries are in the hunt to disrupt the U.S. dominance.


U.S. gold streak: men’s 100m backstroke


Jeffrey Rouse, 1996


Lenny Krayzelberg, 2000


Aaron Peirsol, 2004


Aaron Peirsol, 2008


Matt Grevers, 2012


U.S. gold streak: women’s 100m backstroke


Natalie Coughlin, 2004


Natalie Coughlin, 2008


Missy Franklin, 2012



U.S. gold streak: men’s 200m backstroke


Bradley Bridgewater, 1992


Lenny Krayzelburg, 2000


Aaron Peirsol, 2004


Ryan Lochte, 2008


Tyler Clary, 2012


U.S. gold streak: women’s 200m breaststroke


Amanda Beard, 2004


Rebecca Soni, 2008


Rebecca Soni, 2012


U.S. gold streak: men’s 100m butterfly


Michael Phelps, 2004


Michael Phelps, 2008


Michael Phelps, 2012



U.S. gold streak: men’s 200m individual medley


Michael Phelps, 2004


Michel Phelps, 2008


Michael Phelps, 2012



U.S. gold streak: men’s 400m individual medley


Tom Dolan, 1996


Tom Dolan, 2000


Michael Phelps, 2004


Michael Phelps, 2008


Ryan Lochte, 2012



U.S. gold streak: men’s 4x100m medley relay


Since the introduction of the men’s 4x100m medley relay at the Olympics in 1960, the U.S. men have claimed gold every time they’ve entered. Every Games from 1960 to 2012 – except for the U.S. Olympic boycott in 1980 – the U.S. men stood atop the podium.


U.S. medal streak: men’s 4x100m freestyle relay


The U.S. men landed on the podium each time they entered this relay, from it’s inauguration in 1964 until the most recent edition in 2012. They almost always win gold – their only silvers came in 2000 and 2012. The relay was not contested at the 1976 or 1980 Olympics.


U.S. medal streak: men’s 4x200m freestyle relay


The men’s 4x200m began at the 1908 Games in London where the U.S. men won bronze behind the Great Britain team. They continued to win a medal each time they contested the relay for the next century – except for the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Olympics – from 1912 to 2012.


U.S. medal streak: women’s 4x100m freestyle relay


U.S. women didn’t contest this event at the 1912 Olympics, when it was first introduced, but they’ve stood on the podium with medals at every Games they’ve competed in since: 1920 to 2012.


U.S. medal streak: women’s 4x200m freestyle relay


The women’s 4x200m freestyle relay was introduced at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, where the U.S. squad took gold. At each Olympics since, they’ve won more medals, including a 2012 gold.


U.S. medal streak: women’s 4x100m medley relay


U.S. women won either gold or silver medals every time they entered this event from the 1960 Games until the 2012 London Olympics.




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