The US took gold and silver in the men’s 400 meter individual medley swimming event at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo on Sunday. The fantastic finish for the Americans was punctuated by a great call from the NBC announcing duo of Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines.
Hicks and Gaines expressed electric energy during the event, getting fans pumped up and excited as Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland pursued the 1-2 finish in the event. They were also joined by Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps, who added his touch as well.
Here is the great call from Hicks as Kalisz and Litherland chased gold and silver:
The entire call of the event was excellent, but that final clip from Hicks shined. Between him and Gaines, they had me all ready to jump into the pool.
Kalisz and Litherland were training partners at the University of Georgia and pushed each other to the gold-silver finish at the Olympics. Kalisz said winning gold in the event was a “dream come true.”
Michael Phelps owns four individual Olympic records in swimming. On Tuesday in Japan, he offered a prediction regarding one of his records.
Phelps and Mike Tirico were talking on the NBC set ahead of the semifinals for the men’s 200 meter butterfly at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. The 200 meter butterfly has been Phelps’ best-known event over the years. However, he thinks his Olympic record time in the event is going to be broken.
“I’m happy I’m not in it,” Phelps said of the 200 meter butterfly. “I have a feeling my Olympic record’s going to fall very shortly.”
Phelps set an Olympic record at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing with a time of 1:52.03. That mark has stood through two ensuing Olympiads, but Phelps thinks it’s in danger of falling.
Why? Because Hungarian swimmer Kristof Milak is in the event. In 2019, Milak broke Phelps’ world record in the 200 meter fly with a time of 1:50.73. Milak won his semifinal in Tokyo on Tuesday easily with a time of 1:52.22.
Phelps called Milak technically “perfect” and described the Hungarian as extremely efficient with his stroke. Phelps anticipates his record will go down in the event’s final.