The United States team clinched its first two Olympic gold medals on Sunday after starting the Tokyo Games without any for the first time in decades.
Chase Kalisz involved the United States in the pool, winning the 400-meter individual medley. It was the first of six medals the Americans won in the pool.
“I’m happy to be here and to kick off the United States,” Kalisz said.
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Jay Litherland, who was born in Osaka, finished just behind Kalisz in IM.
The US swim team had never won six gold medals in the first session of the final.
“A pretty good start for the United States,” added Kieran Smith. “We performed today. I am really proud of us. “
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Smith added a bronze medal in the men’s 400 freestyle in the US total.
The second gold medal came in the 10-meter rifle event.
Will Shaner managed to fend off Chinese Yang Haoran and Sheng Lihao to win the first-ever gold for the United States in this event. He recorded a score of 251.6, better than Haoran’s 229.4 and Lihao’s 250.9.
Shaner, 20, was one of the nation’s top young shooters and has a decorated varsity career at the University of Kentucky, finishing second in the NCAA Championships and winning a team gold in consecutive seasons. He was a first-year All-American first team member.
Saturday marked a disappointing day for the US archery, cycling, fencing, judo, rifle and air pistol shooting, taekwondo and weightlifting competitions, no athlete. being on the podium to receive a medal.
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The last time the United States left without any equipment on the first day of the Summer Olympics was at the Munich Games in 1972, USA Today reported. They also failed to win a medal on day one of the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj and the AP contributed to this report.