Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland Go 1-2 in 400-Meter Individual Medley to Win Team USA’s First Medals at Tokyo Olympics

Chase Kalisz after winning gold in the 400-meter individual medley at the Tokyo Aquatics Center on Sunday. (Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times)

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.

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SOURCE: The New York Times, Victor Mather

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