USA takes silver and bronze behind Japan in women's 400m IM

Emma Weyant of Team United States, Hali Flickinger of Team United States and Yui Ohashi of Team Japan react after competing in the Women's 400m Individual Medley Final on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 25, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
Emma Weyant of Team United States, Hali Flickinger of Team United States and Yui Ohashi of Team Japan react after competing in the Women's 400m Individual Medley Final on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 25, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

The hosts from Japan celebrated a surprise gold for Yui Ohashi in the women's 400m medley Sunday in Tokyo. American Emma Weyant, one of the favorites, placed second for silver with teammate Hali Flickinger touching third for bronze.

There was no crowd in the arena to cheer on Ohashi but her teammates and Japanese officials celebrated after she produced an immaculate swim to win gold in a time of 4:32.08.

Weyant took the silver medal 0.68 behind and compatriot Flickinger picked up the bronze in 4:34.90.

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, who has dominated the event in recent years and was the defending champion, could finish only fifth.

Ohashi pulled away from Flickinger in the breaststroke leg and went into the freestyle with a lead of 1.99 seconds, giving her a comfortable cushion to hold off Weyant.