After a slow start to the Olympics, Team USA came roaring back on the first day of Olympic swimming competition.
Swimming, which began Saturday on the second day of the Olympics, saw the U.S. pick up six of the 12 available medals, a historic first.
In the men’s 400m individual medley, Chase Kalisz won the United States’ first gold medal of the Summer Games. Fellow American Jay Litherland came in second.
Kalisz and Litherland kicked off a record-breaking night for Team USA. For the first time, the United States won six medals on the first night of swimming competition.
Kieran Smith, an Olympic first-timer, notched the bronze in the men’s 400m freestyle.
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Fellow first-time Olympian Emma Weyant medalled in the women’s 400m individual medley, coming second. The United States’ Hali Flickinger finished right behind Weyant, earning. a bronze medal.
The women’s 4×100 free relay team — made up of Erika Brown, Abbey Weitzeil, Natalie Hinds and Simone Manuel — capped off the night, adding another bronze medal for the United States.