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U.S. swim team shines with 6 medals; Ohashi wins women's 400 individual medley gold

Chase Kalisz got things started, claiming the first American gold at the Olympic pool.
By the time the morning was done, the powerhouse team had a whole bunch of medals.
Six of them in all, quite a start Sunday for the U.S. in the post-Michael Phelps era.
"I'm happy to be here and kick the U.S. off," said Kalisz, who won the 400-meter individual medley.
There was room for others to shine, as well.
Host Japan won a swimming gold, Tunisia claimed a surprising spot atop the medal podium, and the mighty Australian women set the first world record of the competition in the 4x100 freestyle relay.
The Aussie quarter included sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell swimming the leadoff and anchor legs, respectively, joined by Meg Harris and Emma McKeon.
McKeon blew away the field on the third leg and Cate Campbell touched in 3 minutes, 29.69 seconds.
The silver went to Canada in 3:32.78, while the Americans capped their morning with one more medal. With Simone Manuel anchoring the relay, they touched just behind their rivals to the north in 3:32.81.
Kalisz was the first U.S, medal winner of the Tokyo Games, and Jay Litherland - who was born in Osaka - made it a 1-2 finish for the Americans by rallying on the freestyle leg to claim the silver. Brendon Smith of Australia earned the bronze.
Kieran Smith grabbed another medal for the American men with bronze in the 400 freestyle. Tunisia's Ahmed Hafnaoui was the surprising winner from lane eight, while Australia's Jack McLoughlin settled for silver after leading much of the race.
The U.S. women also did their part.
Japan's Yui Ohashi won gold in the women's 400 IM with a dynamic breaststroke leg, but two Americans were right in her wake. Emma Weyant earned the silver, while the bronze went to Hali Flickinger.
U.S. swim team shines with 6 medals; Ohashi wins women's 400 individual medley gold
Gold medalist Chase Kalisz, of the United States, celebrates after the medal ceremony for the men's 400-meter individual medley on Sunday. Photo: AP/Martin Meissner
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