Kalisz grabs first spot on US swimming team for Tokyo

Omaha, United States

Chase Kalisz punched his ticket to the Tokyo Olympics Sunday, winning the men’s 400m individual medley at the US swimming trials in a sizzling 4min 09.09sec with retired superstar Michael Phelps cheering him on all the way.

Kalisz, silver medallist in the event at the 2016 Rio Games, edged ahead of 19-year-old challenger Carson Foster on the breaststroke leg and held on through a furious closing freestyle leg that saw Jay Litherland overtake Foster on the final lap to finish second in 4:10.33 and secure an Olympic berth and a chance to improve on his fifth place finish in Rio. —APP

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