2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES
- When: Pool swimming: Saturday, July 24 – Sunday, August 1, 2021
- Open Water swimming: Wednesday, August 4 – Thursday, August 5, 2021
- Where: Olympic Aquatics Centre / Tokyo, Japan
- Heats: 7 PM / Semifinals & Finals: 10:30 AM (Local time)
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The first American medals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games came in the pool, as Georgia training partners Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland went 1-2 in the men’s 400 individual medley to open the first night of swimming finals.
The first GOLD 🥇 for #TeamUSA — Chase Kalisz swimming a strong finish in the 400 IM. His family watching in Florida is thrilled! USA takes the silver too with Jay Litherland #Tokyo2020 @NBCPhiladelphia pic.twitter.com/Bp7UrOPybm
— Randy Gyllenhaal (@RandyGyllenhaal) July 25, 2021
Kalisz, 27, was the silver medalist in this event at the 2016 Games, and also claimed gold in this event at the 2017 World Championships and 2018 Pan Pacific Championships before failing to make the final at the 2019 Worlds.
The University of Georgia grad’s winning time was 4:09.42, well off his personal best of 4:05.90, but it doesn’t matter when you win Olympic gold.
In a post-race interview with NBC, Kalisz hinted at potentially retiring after the Games: “This was the last thing I wanted to accomplish in my swimming career, ” he said.
Litherland, 25, was fifth in the Olympic final five years ago, and moved up from sixth at the 300m turn to snag the silver in 4:10.28, out-touching Australia’s Brendon Smith (4:10.38) by a tenth.
A total of 37 medals had been awarded at the Games upon the beginning of tonight’s finals session.