Yannick Agnel, Florent Manaudou Fabien Gilot and Jeremy Stravius celebrate their 4x100 relay victory // Getty Images

Yannick Agnel, Florent Manaudou Fabien Gilot and Jeremy Stravius celebrate their 4x100 relay victory // Getty Images

Swimming

Déjà two all over again

BARCELONA — With Michael Phelps watching from the stands, the U.S. men took a lead into the final leg of the men’s 4×100 relay here Sunday night at the Palau Sant Jordi.

As the old building roared, what happened in the next 48 or so seconds was either a bad case of déjà two all over again or a matter of the Americans playing not for short-term glory but for long-term reward. Depends on your point of view.

Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte, Nathan Adrian and Matt Grevers are among the U.S. swimmers at Friday's news conference in Barcelona

Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte, Nathan Adrian and Matt Grevers are among the U.S. swimmers at Friday's news conference in Barcelona

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BCN 2013: life after Phelps

BARCELONA — The world after Michael Phelps gets underway here shortly in sun-splashed Spain, or at least that part that everyone outside serious swim geeks would be inclined to pay attention to, the 2013 swimming world championships, and from all over the globe they sought Friday both to downplay expectations while asserting that quite naturally the point in racing is to win.

“It’s kind of a down year but everyone is getting ready to race,” American Matt Grevers, the London Games 100 meters backstroke gold medalist, said, summing it up perfectly in just one short sentence.

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Mrs. Obama shines at USOC conference

DALLAS — When she’s on a pool deck, Natalie Coughlin has no nerves. Or if she does, she hides them well. After all, competing in two Olympics, in 11 events, she has won 11 medals, three gold.

On stage here Monday, flanked by other Olympic athletes and hopefuls, it was Coughlin’s privilege to introduce the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. Wouldn’t you know? Coughlin was not only nervous — she was, as she acknowledged at the microphone, stumbling a bit over her lines, “so nervous right now.”