Former Indiana swimmer Zach Apple captured his second Olympic gold medal Sunday morning in Tokyo.
Apple and his American teammates upset the British favorite in the men’s 4 × 100 medley relay final from lane one in world record time.
By swimming in the freestyle anchor position, Apple swam the fastest freestyle time of the event and extended the US lead. Apple started quickly, flipping 21.94 to 50, and Britain’s Duncan Scott ultimately never came close with Apple posting a split of 46.95.
The Americans’ final time was 3: 26.78, well ahead of the world record of 3: 27.28 set at the 2009 World Championships.
The United States has won the event since its Olympic creation in 1960, 15 times in a row.
Former Apple IU swimmer Blake Pieroni swam the event in the preliminaries and therefore also won a gold medal. The former IU All-American has won three Olympic medals during his career, all gold in relay events.
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THE KING WINS A THIRD MEDAL IN TOKYO
The women of the United States won the silver medal in the 4 × 100 medley relay final at the Tokyo Aquatics Center.
Former IU swimmer Lilly King swam the event in the preliminaries to win a silver medal, her third Tokyo Games medal and her fifth Olympic medal overall.
In total, current and former IU athletes have won 11 medals (4 gold, 5 silver, 2 bronze) in Tokyo. As a university, IU athletes produced 114 medals in total – 59 gold, 22 silver and 33 bronze.
The IU Olympic swimming and diving race will end with two days of diving for senior Andrew Capobianco. The 3M Synchronized Springboard silver medalist will compete in the preliminary heats of the 3M Springboard Individual Competition starting at 2 a.m. ET on August 2. Finals for the event are scheduled to begin at 2 a.m. ET on August 3.
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