Rio 2016 Olympics: Chase Kalisz of US tops 400 IM heats on 1st day in Olympic pool

Michael Phelps dropped the race for his fifth games and defending champion Ryan Lochte didn't qualify.

By: AP | Rio De Janeiro | Published:August 7, 2016 1:18 am
Rio 2016 Olympics, Rio Olympics, Rio Olympics Swimming, Chase Kalisz swimming, Chase Kalisz USA, Chase Kalisz, swimming, Rio, Olympics Chase Kalisz won his heat in 4 minutes, 8.12 seconds on Saturday after overtaking Daiya Seto of Japan. (Source: Reuters)

Chase Kalisz of the United States qualified fastest in the 400-meter individual medley preliminaries on the first day of the Olympic swimming competition.

Kalisz  won his heat in 4 minutes, 8.12 seconds on Saturday after overtaking Daiya Seto of Japan, who was second-quickest in 4:08.47 in the same heat.

Seto’s teammate, Kosuke Hagino, was third-fastest in 4:10.00. American Jay Litherland qualified fourth in 4:11.10 going into the eight-man late-night final.

The grueling event featuring all four strokes _ butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle _ was missing its two biggest stars. Michael Phelps, the world record holder and two-time Olympic champion, dropped the race for his fifth games and defending champion Ryan Lochte didn’t qualify.

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