RIO DE JANEIRO — American Chase Kalisz’s Olympic debut could not have gone much better – and he brought the United States swim team its first medal of an expected haul at the Rio Games.
Kalisz won silver Saturday night in the 400-meter individual medley, chasing a dominant qualifying performance with an even better one in the finals at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium. Kalisz swam a 4:06.75, 0.7 seconds behind gold medalist Kosuke Hagino of Japan.
Kalisz, a 22-year-old who just finished his collegiate career at the University of Georgia, fell behind in the first 200 meters but used a strong breaststroke and freestyle to nearly chase down Hagino and hold off the bronze medal winner, Daiya Seito of Japan.
American Jay Litherland finished fifth.