Team USA goes one-two in the men’s 400m individual medley final, with Chase Kalisz taking gold and Jay Litherland silver… while Great Britain’s Max Litchfield misses out on bronze by just 0.21 SECONDS
Team USA reigned supreme in the men’s 400-meter medley final, with Chase Kalisz taking the gold medal and Jay Litherland finishing second.
Kalisz was able to pull away in a very tight field to take the win in the first medal race in the pool, while Great Britain’s Max Litchfield came home tied for fourth.
Litchfield, the slowest butterfly swimmer of the eight athletes, broke through in the freestyle and came painfully within 0.21 seconds of taking the bronze.
The result was the seventh time the US team has taken the top two places in the event, and Kalisz’s gold was their first of this summer’s Olympics.
In the end, the victor triumphed with a beautiful time of 4min 9.42 sec.
Litchfield, meanwhile, was inches from becoming Team GB’s first medalist this summer – and has repeated his placement in Rio de Janeiro five years ago.
Despite trailing in eighth place after the butterfly, Litchfield moved to sixth after the backstroke.
He then shone in the breaststroke to take fifth, and from then on it was a tense battle with Hungary’s David Verraszte in fourth.
More to follow.