Florida Gators Kieran Smith and Natalie Hinds bring home bronze medals at Tokyo Olympics
Florida joined other SEC schools this weekend with athletes who have won medals at the Tokyo Olympics. A pair of Gators in the pool brought home bronze medals, the first for the orange and blue of these Olympics.
Kieran Smith earned the first medal for the Gators at the 2020 Olympics in the 400 Free. Smith touched the wall in third with a new personal best time of 3:43.94, per the SEC.
“I sprinted my butt off the last 50 like it was a 50 free,” Smith said, per Gator Sports. “It was a really fun race.”
Smith is making his Olympic and Team USA debut. He finished third in his qualifying heat at the Tokyo Olympics, just ahead of USA teammate Jake Mitchell, who finished eighth in the final.
In the 400 Free Relay, Natalie Hinds splits 53.15 to help team USA to a third place finish with a time of 3:32.81. Hinds was the only swimmer to be carried over to the finals from the prelims in the relay for team USA. Hinds was the third leg of the relay team, and her breaststroke helped bring the U.S. back to the medal stand.
WHAT A FINISH.
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