Missy Franklin, Ye Shiwen, Sun Yang and Yannick Agnel were part of a youth movement in the 2012 Olympic pool that signalled swimming has plenty to look forward to after Michael Phelps.
Ye Shiwen celebrates after winning the women's 200m gold medal in July. World record-breaking performances by Ye and Sun Yang saw China confirm their arrival as an Olympic swimming power with five gold medals and 10 overall.
Phelps put the finishing touches on an epic Olympic career in London as exciting young swimmers from around the world promised to carry the sport through Rio 2016.
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