Former Longhorn Feigen wins gold in Rio

Jimmy Feigen (KXAN Photo)
James Feigen (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Former Longhorn swimmer Jimmy Feigen wasn’t part of the thrilling 4×100 freestyle relay final on Sunday night in Rio but he’ll still bring home a gold medal. Feigen swam the leadoff leg of the Sunday morning prelims and then that team gave way to four fresh swimmers led by Michael Phelps. Phelps’ second leg was spectacular, trailing France at the 50 meter turn, but then rocketing into first place. Reigning 100 meter freestyle gold medalist Nathan Adrian held off defending champion France with Australia finishing third. Caleb Dressel and Ryan Held were the other two swimmers for the U.S. in the finals.

Phelps did not swim the 100 in the Olympic trials where the team is typically chosen from, but he was added to the team in Rio. That increases Phelps record total of Olympic medals to 23, 19 of them gold medals.

For the 24-year-old Feigen, this could mark the end of his career. He plans to move back to Austin from Charlotte later this summer.

Current UT sophomore Townley Haas qualified 6th for the 200 free finals on Monday night. Haas is one of the U.S. Longhorn swimmers competing individually. Teammates Jack Conger and Clark Smith will join Haas in the 4×200 Free relay.

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