Tokyo Olympics: Chase Kalisz wins 400m individual medley with Team GB’s Max Litchfield in fourth

Team USA reigned supreme over the men’s 400m individual medley final with Chase Kalisz taking the gold medal and Jay Litherland finishing second.

Kalisz was able to pull away in a very tight field to clinch victory in the opening medal race in the pool, while Great Britain’s Max Litchfield came home joint-fourth.

Litchfield, the slowest butterfly swimmer out of the eight athletes, burst through in the freestyle and agonisingly came within 0.21 seconds of claiming bronze.

Chase Kalisz won the men's 400m individual medley final in a superb one-two for Team USA

Chase Kalisz won the men's 400m individual medley final in a superb one-two for Team USA

Chase Kalisz won the men’s 400m individual medley final in a superb one-two for Team USA

The result marked the seventh time the American team have taken the top two places in the event, and Kalisz’s gold was their first of this summer’s Olympics.

In the end, the victor triumphed with a fine time of 4min 9.42 sec.

Litchfield, meanwhile, was inches away from becoming Team GB’s first medallist this summer – and has repeated his placing from Rio de Janeiro five years ago. 

Great Britain's Max Litchfield finished 0.21 seconds off bronze after coming through the field

Great Britain's Max Litchfield finished 0.21 seconds off bronze after coming through the field

Great Britain’s Max Litchfield finished 0.21 seconds off bronze after coming through the field

Despite trailing in eighth place after the butterfly leg, Litchfield edged up into sixth following the backstroke. 

He then starred in the breaststroke to take fifth, and from then it was a tense, last-gasp tussle with Hungary’s David Verraszte in fourth.

The bronze went to Brendon Smith of Australia, who took their first medal in Tokyo after blitzing through from last with 100m remaining in the freestyle leg. 

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