Georgia swimmers Chase Kalisz, Jay Litherland go 1-2 in 400 IM, Bulldogs collect 5 medals at Tokyo Olympics
Georgia has had a great weekend in the pool at the Tokyo Olympics, as the Bulldogs have already secured five medals.
Alums Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland earned the first two medals for the United States Olympic team in Tokyo, finishing first (4:09.42) and second (4:10.28) in the 400 IM, per Georgiadogs.com. Kalisz became the first Georgia men’s swimmer to earn an individual gold medal, taking control in the breaststroke leg for a decisive victory. Litherland surged in the freestyle leg, coming back from sixth place with a 27.96 split in the final 50 meters.
“I’m happy to be here and kick the U.S. off,” said Kalisz, per the Associated Press.
Georgia’s dominance in the 400 IM continued later in the session as alum Hali Flickinger earned the bronze medal with a time of 4:34.90. Flickinger led the field through two strokes and used a 30.45 split in the final 50 meters to reach the podium for her first career Olympic medal.
In the closing women’s 400-meter freestyle final, Athens Bulldog Swim Club pro group member (a former Florida swimmer) Natalie Hinds’ third leg of 53.15 helped the Americans earn the bronze medal. With their outings in the morning prelims, Georgia alums Allison Schmitt and Olivia Smoliga added to their career hauls with bronze medals.