LONDON ( – The United States has long been dominant in the swimming pool at the Olympics, but it has few moments to rival what happened on Tuesday.

The men’s 4×200 relay team and its predominant, most decorated swimmer symbolically accomplished something that will be remembered for decades.

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Michael Phelps and his teammates — Ryan Lochte, Ricky Berens, Conor Dwyer — won gold, giving Phelps his 19th career Olympic medal and his 15th overall gold, passing Russian gymnast Larissa Latynina in the former; he’s held the latter mark since Beijing.

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The team finished in less than seven minutes (6:59.70), absolutely laying waste to the competition.

From my end, it was the most impressive race we’ve seen from any American swimming contingent at this year’s Games, save for maybe Missy Franklin’s record-setting swim from Monday.

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