The big story going into the final swimming event of the London Olympics was Michael Phelps entering the pool for the final time but he wasn’t the only member of Team USA likely making his last swim.
Havertown’s Brendan Hansen swam the breaststroke leg of the medley as the United States took home gold with a time of 3:29.35.
Hansen, who turns 31 this month, hasn’t ruled out another Olympics but considering he came out of retirement to swim at this Games and that he will be around 35 by the Rio Games, it’s likely he has swam his final race in a decorated career.
The race started with 100M Backstroke gold medalist Matt Grevers swimming the opening leg for the U.S. before giving way to 100M breaststroke bronze medalist Hansen. Phelps entered the pool for the butterfly with the U.S. actually trailing Japan but Phelps would close the gap and anchor, 100M freestyle gold medalist Nathan Adrian extended the lead to easily beat out silver medalist Japan and bronze medalists Australia.
For Phelps it was his record 22nd medal and record 18th gold. But for Hansen it was his sixth medal and third gold. All those golds came as a member of the 4x100M Medley team.