Chase Kalisz won the first American medal of the Tokyo Games when he captured gold in the men’s 400-meter individual medley
Chase Kalisz won the first American medal of the Tokyo Games, taking gold Sunday in the men’s 400-meter individual medley.
Jay Litherland made it a 1-2 finish for the powerhouse U.S. チーム, rallying on the freestyle leg to take the silver. Brendon Smith of オーストラリア claimed the bronze.
Kalisz, a protege and former training partner of Olympic great マイケルフェルプス touched first in 4 分, 9.42 秒.
Litherland was next in 4:10.28, just ahead of Smith (4:10.38).
Kalisz flexed his muscles and then climbed atop the lane rope, splashing the water while a contingent of his teammates cheered him from the stands of the nearly empty Tokyo Aquatics Centre.
“U-S-A! U-S-A!” they chanted.
Litherland came over to give the winner a hug, having ensured the Americans got off to the best possible start at the pool.
The Americans seized their chance after 日本語 star Daiya Seto stunningly failed to advance to the final, having finished ninth in the preliminaries after making a tactical error attempting to save his energy for the medal race.
The finals were held in the morning Tokyo time rather than their usual evening slot, a nod to U.S. television network NBC which wanted to show the finals live in prime time back in America.
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