Incoming UVA freshman Emma Weyant grabs silver in Olympic debut

Japan 2020

TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 25: Emma Weyant of Team United States celebrates after winning the silver medal 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. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

TOKYO (WFXR) — American Emma Weyant will head to Grounds at the University of Virginia this fall as an Olympic silver medalist.

The incoming Cavaliers freshman placed second in the final of the women’s 400m individual medley at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on Sunday morning, swimming a time of 4:32.76.

Japan’s Ohashi Yui won the host nation’s first gold medal in the pool at these Games, winning with a time of 4:32.08. USA’s Hali Flickinger joined Weyant on the podium by earning the bronze medal with a time of 4:34.90.

“Honestly, this is like crazier than anything I could have dreamed of,” Weyant said after her race. “I’m just so happy to be here to race the best in the world. It is so much fun.”

Weyant deferred her enrollment to this fall to focus on training for the Tokyo Summer Games. Virginia head coach and current Team USA assistant coach Todd DeSorbo was supportive of her decision.

“We wanted her to do what she felt most comfortable and confident with that was gonna help her accomplish her biggest goals and dream,” DeSorbo said. “I’m excited for Emma and i’m excited to get her here this fall. She’ll add a lot of value to this team as a person, as an individual, as an athlete. The more Olympians, the better.”

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