Tokyo bound: Kalisz claims 1st spot on US Olympic swim team

Updated: Jun. 13, 2021 at 10:05 PM EDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Chase Kalisz is heading back to the Olympics after winning the 400-meter individual medley on the opening night of the U.S. swimming trials in Omaha.

Cheered on by Michael Phelps, Kalisz powered to the finish to get another shot at a medal in Tokyo. He won a silver at Rio in 2016. The Americans got some new blood on women’s side: 19-year-old Emma Weyant held off three Olympic veterans to win a thrilling 400 IM.

Another Olympic rookie, Kieran Smith, shaved nearly 3 seconds off his previous personal best to win the 400 freestyle and claim his spot for Tokyo.

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