Captured by D’Artagnan Dias.
Produced by Coleman Hodges.
Reported by Mitch Bowmile.
MEN’S 400M FREESTYLE FINALS
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Top Seed: 3:43.42 – Conor Dwyer – USA
World Record: 3:40.07 (2009) – Paul Biedermann – Germany
JR World Record: 3:44.60 – Mack Horton – Australia
Olympic Record: 3:40.14 (2012) – Sun Yang – China
2012 Olympic Champion: 3:40.14 – Sun Yang – China
Horton called Yang out for his previous doping violation, and backed up his talk with a gold medal performance in the 400, dethroning Yang who was the defending Olympic champion.
James Guy of Britain took things out fast, leading the way at the halfway point under world record pace. Quickly, he fell off that pace and both Yang, Horton, and America’s Conor Dwyer emerged in front.
At the 350-meter wall, Yang took the lead ahead of Horton and Dwyer. With 50-meters to go, Horton wouldn’t lose. He passed Yang, held on for the touch, and grabbed his first individual gold medal with a 3:41.55 performance.
Yang lost it all at the touch, with a 3:41.68. The two were icy to each other following the swim, not even acknowledging the race with anything but a tough stare.
Gabriele Detti of Italy picked up the bronze in 3:43.49, making him the first male Italian medallist in swimming since the 2000 Olympic Games.
Dwyer settled for fourth in 3:44.01, his American counterpart Connor Jaeger was fifth in 3:44.16. Guy faded to sixth with a 3:44.68