Chase Kalisz wins the first U.S. gold medal in Tokyo.


By Victor Mather

After an opening day without a medal, the United States got two in the first event of the day on Sunday.

Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland went 1-2 in the 400-meter individual medley.

Kalisz’s winning time was 4 minutes 9.42 seconds. He was the silver medalist in this event in Rio in 2016. He will also contest the 200-meter individual medley at the Games.

The Americans benefited from a washout by the event’s favorite, Daiya Seto of Japan, in the heats the night before. With the top eight swimmers qualifying, he finished a puzzling ninth and missed the final.

Men’s 400-Meter Individual Medley

Race visualization is shown at 5x speed.

Moments later, Kieran Smith upped the medal count to three with a bronze in the 400-meter freestyle.

Men’s 400-Meter Freestyle

Race visualization is shown at 5x speed.

Saturday was medal-less for the Americans; no athlete finished higher than sixth in any event.

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