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U.S. Swimmers Win Six Medals in Their Best Olympic Start Ever

Team USA swimmers raced to their best-ever start at an Olympics, winning medals in every event of the first finals session, including the first U.S. gold medal of the games in any sport

7/25/2021 11:30:00 AM

Team USA swimmers raced to their best-ever start at an Olympics , winning medals in every event of the first finals session, including the first U.S. gold medal of the games in any sport

Team USA swimmers raced to their best-ever start at an Olympics , winning medals in every event of the first finals session, including the first U.S. gold medal of the games in any sport.

TOKYO—Team USA swimmers on Sunday raced to their best-ever start at anOlympics, winning medals in every event of the first finals session, including the first U.S. gold medal of the games in any sport.Team USA’s six medals—one gold, two silver and three bronze—are the most it’s ever won on the first day of Olympic swimming finals. It’s even more impressive considering that prior to 1984, countries could send three swimmers per event instead of two, allowing possible podium sweeps.

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The team made the podium in events in which it wasn’t supposed to medal, said U.S. men’s team assistant coach Jack Bauerle. “It’s obviously a really proud moment,” he said. “I can’t really feel anything, I’m so happy.”Things started with a bang in the men’s 400-meter individual medley as Chase Kalisz, a former world champion in the event, won gold in 4:09.42. His former college teammate and training partner at the University of Georgia Jay Litherland surged in the final 75 meters of the freestyle leg to touch second in 4:10.28.

Kalisz noted that his winning time was considerably slower than the 4:07.75 he swam en route to a silver medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, but was unsurprised given the flipped competition schedule in Tokyo. To accommodate television viewers stateside, preliminary sessions here take place at night while swimmers compete for medals in the morning—the opposite of how most international meets typically are organized. headtopics.com

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