Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-07-24 21:53:51 –
Chase Kalisz won the first American medal at the Tokyo Olympics and won the gold medal on Sunday in the men’s 400-meter individual medley.
Jay Litherland achieved a 1-2 finish for the US powerhouse team to win a silver medal on the freestyle leg. Brendon Smith of Australia claimed bronze.
Former training partner Kalisz, the protagonist of the Olympic great Michael Phelps, first touched at 4 minutes 9.42 seconds.
The next Litherland was 4: 10.28, just before Smith (4: 10.38).
Elsewhere in the Olympics on Saturday, Americans April Ross and Alix Klineman hit China in the opening game of the Olympic beach volleyball.
Ross has made his third appearance in the Summer Olympics with a third different partner. She has already won silver and bronze medals. Kleinman is making his Olympic debut. They are one of Tokyo’s gold medal favorites.
The Americans won the first set 21-17, then Xue Chen and Wang Xinxin 21-19.
Ross and Kleinman will face Spain on Tuesday.
Jake Give and Triboon’s American men’s team will play their first match on Sunday night. Bourne became a late agent after Gibb’s first partner, the Tailor Club, tested positive for COVID-19 when he arrived in Japan. They will face Italy.
Also, two of the four new Olympic sports, surfing and skateboarding, began this weekend.