Richmond’s Townley Haas captures first Olympic gold medal

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RICHMOND Va. (WRIC) – Benedictine grad and Richmond’s own Townley Haas finished 5th in the men’s 200 meter freestyle Monday night, and he made a lot of people proud with his performance.

Tonight, however, swimming in with the men’s four by 200 meter freestyle relay, he had a chance to win a gold medal.

And he succeeded.

Haas swam the second leg of the relay and swam a 1:44.10, the fastest 200 of his career and one of the top 200 meter splits in a relay in Olympic history.

Haas used his speed to give USA a comfortable lead before handing the race off to Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps.

While the win gave Phelps his 21st Olympic gold medal, Haas earned his first, which will undoubtedly make his home town proud.

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