Japan’s Kosuke Hagino won the Gold medal in the Men’s 400m Individual Medley Swimming Event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.
The stronghold of United States (USA) on the 400m individual medley was shaken off by Kosuke Hagino who earned the gold with a time of 4:06.05 ahead of Chase Kalisz of the United States who had to settle for a silver medal with a time of 4:06.75.
Japan’s Daiya Seto won the bronze medal with a time of 4:09.71.
It was the first time ever that Japan has won a gold medal in this event.
Since 1996, Americans Tom Dolan (1996, 2000), Michael Phelps (2004, 2008) and Ryan Lochte (2012) have traditionally claimed Olympic gold in this swimming event.
Ryan Lochte, the defending 2012 Olympic champion, missed out on qualifying for this event when he finished third in June’s U.S. Olympic Trials after injuring his groin.
In photo above you can see the medals winners on the podium during the winner’s medal presentation ceremony – Japan’s Kosuke Hagino (Gold) in centre, USA’s Chase Kalisz (Silver) at left, Japan’s Daiya Seto (Bronze) at right.