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    Phelps protégé Chase Kalisz bags first US gold in Tokyo Games

    Jul 25, 2021
    PHOTO: AP

    CHASE Kalisz has won the first American medal of the Tokyo Games, taking gold on Sunday in the men’s 400-meter individual medley.

    Jay Litherland made it a 1-2 finish for the powerhouse US team, rallying on the freestyle leg to take the silver. Brendon Smith of Australia claimed the bronze.

    Kalisz, a protege and former training partner of Olympic great Michael Phelps, touched first in four minutes, 9.42 seconds.

    Litherland was next in 4:10.28, just ahead of Smith (4:10.38).

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