United States' Katie Ledecky starts her portion of a women's 4x100-meter freestyle relay heat during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Michael Sohn
August 07, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Chase Kalisz of the United States qualified fastest in the 400-meter individual medley preliminaries on the first day of the Olympic swimming competition.

Kalisz (KAY-lish) won his heat in 4 minutes, 8.12 seconds on Saturday after overtaking Daiya Seto of Japan, who was second-quickest in 4:08.47 in the same heat.

Seto's teammate, Kosuke Hagino, was third-fastest in 4:10.00. American Jay Litherland qualified fourth in 4:11.10 going into the eight-man late-night final.

The grueling event featuring all four strokes - butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle - was missing its two biggest stars. Michael Phelps, the world record holder and two-time Olympic champion, dropped the race for his fifth games and defending champion Ryan Lochte didn't qualify.

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