TOKYO– Chase Kalisz, a Michael Phelps protege who won the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the guys’s 400 private collection, won gold Sunday to give the United States its first medal of these Olympic Games.U.S.

teammate Jay Litherland took silver,.86 seconds behind Kalisz. Australia’s Brendon Smith won bronze.Kalisz, 27, from Bel

Air, Maryland, swam the challenging 400 IM, 100 meters of all four strokes, in 4:09.42.

“It means the world,” Kalisz stated on the NBC broadcast immediately after his race. “This is the last thing that I actually wanted to accomplish in my swimming career. It was something that was a dream of mine given that as lengthy as I can bear in mind.”

The Americans added four more medals in the males’s 400 totally free, females’s 400 IM and also women’s 4×100 complimentary relay. Kiernan Smith won bronze in his Olympic launching, finishing 3rd in the 400 free.On the females’s side, Emma Weyant as well as Hali Flickinger took silver as well as bronze specifically in the 400 IM.

In the 4×100 totally free relay, the Americans won bronze behind Canada and Australia, which established a world record with its success. Erika Brown, Abbey Weitzel, Natalie Hinds and Simone Manuel swam for the U.S.A. in the last.

The guys’s 400 IM is extremely familiar to Americans since it is the initial swimming race of every Olympics as well as due to the fact that Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of perpetuity, won it in 2004 and 2008, followed by Ryan Lochte in 2012.

Kalisz has claimed Phelps, his old training partner at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, resembles the “older bro to me that I never had.” Phelps was viewing Sunday morning’s final from the NBC revealing booth high over the Olympic pool.The longtime gold-medal fave in this event, Japan’s Daiya Seto, shockingly fell short to progress out of Saturday night’s certifying, producing a wide-open last. Kalisz certified with the third-fastest time.

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