On Monday, the United States won gold in the men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay at the Tokyo Aquatic Center, while American swimmer Katie Ledecky took silver in the women’s 400-meter freestyle.
The Americans won a gold and a silver medal in the four medal rounds in the pool on Monday morning during the Summer Olympic Games in Japan, while failing to podium in two other opportunities.
The U.S. men’s team, who won the 4×100 freestyle relay at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, edged out Italy and Australia, who finished second and third respectively, for top of the podium with a time of 3 minutes 8.97 seconds, which is 0.73 seconds shy of beating the Olympic record set by Team USA in China in 2008.
Caeleb Dressel, 24, got Team USA off to a quick start, putting them at the head of the pack, a position they never lost throughout the entire race leaving Italy, Australia and Canada to battled it out for the final two medals.
Meanwhile, Ledecky, a five-time Olympic gold medalist who won gold in the women’s 400-meter freestyle in 2016, was unable to replicate her first-place finish earlier Monday.
Ledecky, 24, led for the first 300 metres of the race, but her commanding start was chipped away by Australia’s Ariarne Titmus, 20, who took over first after the final turn, which the American swimmer never regained.
Titmus finished in 3 minutes 56.69 seconds, falling just short of Ledecky’s Rio record of 3 minutes 56.46 seconds.
Team USA failed to podium in the other two swimming finals on Monday — the women’s 100-meter butterfly and the men’s 50-meter breast stroke.
Torri Huske, 18, finished fourth in the women’s event, just a hair behind Australia’s Emma McKeon, 27, in an event that saw Maggie MacNeil, 21, win Canada’s first gold medal of the games in 55.59 seconds. Yufei Zhang, 23, from China, finished second.
Michael Andrew, 22, finished fourth in the men’s 50-meter breaststroke, 1.47 seconds behind favourite and defending gold-medal winner Adam Peaty, 26, of Britain, who took the top spot on the podium. Arno Kamminga, 25, from the Netherlands, and Nicolo Martinenghi, 21, from Italy, won silver and bronze, respectively.