Kosuke Hagino Ends American Winning Streak with Gold in 400 IM at Rio Olympics



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Japan’s Daiya Seto led at the 100 mark of the men’s 400 IM final with his teammate and 2012 bronze medalist Kosuke Hagino in second. Hagino took over the lead on the backstroke leg. As the swimmers turned for breaststroke, the United State’s Chase Kalisz began to move up in the breaststroke leg and was second heading into the final 100 meters.

The United States has five straight Olympic gold medals in this event and Kalisz put together a valiant effort, closing the gap to a half second with 50 meters remaining. Hagino claimed gold, the first for Japan in this event, in 4:06.05 while Kalisz secured his first Olympic medal with a 4:06.75 for silver. That time was a lifetime best by another second and a half.

Kalisz admitted to being disappointed with his silver medal but also that he never expected he would get into the 4:06-range after clocking a 4:09.54 at Olympic Trials. His silver medal snapped a streak of five straight U.S. golds in the event.

“This is our event,” Kalisz said. I was disappointed that I couldn’t add to that tradition, but before the race I was at peace with whatever happened.

“I’ve never been more excited to get back to work.”

Seto earned bronze in 4:09.71. Great Britain’s Max Litchford finished fourth in 4:11.62.

American Jay Litherland was fifth in 4:11.68, only .06 behind Litchford.Australian Thomas Fraser-Holmes was also on his heels in 4:11.90.

Travis Mahoney of Australia touched seventh in 4:15.48. Spain’s Joan Lluis Pons Ramon finished eighth in 4:16.58.

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Randy Christensen
7 years ago

Way to go Kalisz! We are so proud of you! Nothing to be ashamed of! Huge drop and amazing race!