Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 6, 2016
Date Finished: August 6, 2016
Japanâs [Kosuke Hagino] was 2014 World Swimmer of the Year before sitting out the 2015 season with an elbow injury. However, he had recovered well and came to Rio as the clear favorite in this event. Also favored for medals were his teammate, [Daiya Seto], the two-time defending World Champion, and American [Chase Kalisz], who had won the US Olympic Trials. Hagino and Kalisz were the only swimmers to better 4:10 in the 2016 season coming in to Rio.
The event was missing US swimmers [Ryan Lochte] and [Michael Phelps], who had dominated it for the past decade. Lochte failed to make the US team in this event while Phelps elected not to swim the 400 IM.
The chalk came through, as Hagino won the gold medal in 4:06.05, setting an Asian record. Kalisz was just behind in second place, while Seto won the bronze medal another three seconds behind.
|2||Chase Kalisz||22||United States||USA||Silver|
|4||Max Litchfield||21||Great Britain||GBR|
|5||Jay Litherland||20||United States||USA|
|8||Joan LluÃs Pons||19||Spain||ESP|
|17||Michael Meyer||23||South Africa||RSA|
|21||Sebastien Rousseau||25||South Africa||RSA|
|24||Pavel JaneÄek||22||Czech Republic||CZE|