Inspiration: TEAMWORK and BELIEF. One of the best relay races ever. Beijing 2008

Beijing 2008: One of the best relays ever seen at the Olympics.

Teamwork and Belief is what distinguished the Americans vs the French.

Watch and enjoy. This World Record still stands!

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VIDEO: Men’s 4x100m Free Relay, Beijing 2008

Men’s 4x100m Free relay

The Lessons

  • I know our South African 4×100 Free in Athens 2004 was something special but this one shows real guts.
  • Cullen Jones did swim in the heats and made it from the B team into the A team and did not let them down.
  • Jason Lezak had the fastest split, 46.06
  • It also teaches not to be boastful BEFORE the final race, like the French were.
  • BELIEVE. Listen to the commentator who had written off the Americans before the final leg. In fact, it was not till the last 50m that we saw how Lezak gave everything, did not give up and brought the Americans home in the fastest LCM 4x100m Free relay ever.

Goosebump stuff! And some say swimming is not a TEAM sport.

Another write-up about the same race…

When Jason Lezak entered the water for the United States on the anchor leg of the United States’ 400 freestyle relay at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, the race was seemingly over. Lezak trailed Frenchman Alain Bernard by a body length and overcoming that deficit appeared impossible. But Lezak, behind the greatest anchor leg in history, gradually reeled in Bernard to give the United States an improbable gold medal.