Litherland & Prenot go 1-2 in 400 IM for Americans at World U Games (Race video)


Excerpt taken from Day Seven Finals Recap:


The USA swept the medals in the final individual event, as Jay Litherland ruined teammate’s Josh Prenot’s bid for his third individual gold medal this week.  Litherland swam a balanced race, never holding the lead until the final 50m.  Prenot had his normal big back half, as he went from sixth to second on the breaststroke leg, but Litherland split 56.42 on the freestyle to surge ahead and win gold out of lane six in a time of 3:12.43, the fourth-fastest time in the world this year.  That’s also only .43 off the meet record, set by Michael Weiss of the USA in 2013, and a personal best for Litherland by 2.5 seconds.

Keita Sunama of Japan went out hard and almost hung on.  He was in lead for the first 350m of the race.  He and Prenot were side-by-side in lanes seven and eight, and Prenot ended up taking the silver in 4:13.15, also a lifetime best, while Sunama picked up bronze in 4:13.98.

Sunama’s teammate, Takeharu Fujimori, held off Great Britain’s Max Litchfield to take 4th place, 4:15.41 to 4:15.63.

Australia’s Travis Mahoney placed 6th in 4:17.55, followed by the Czech Republic’s Pavel Janecek (4:19.36) and Jakub Maly of Austria (4:22.09).



Race video comes to us courtesy of Universiade 2015 on YouTube. You can find this video and more videos from swimming and other sports at the 2015 World University Games by following this link to the Universiade 2015 YouTube page.

Our full World University Games coverage is here, and the day 7 finals recap is here.

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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