The following was originally published on auburntigers.com.
TOKYO, Japan - Former Auburn swimmer Zach Apple pulled away on the final leg of the men's 4x100m freestyle relay Monday morning to secure the gold medal for Team USA at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
It's the first Olympic gold medal won by a current or former Auburn swimmer since the London Games in 2012 when Tyler McGill and Eric Shanteau both swam on Team USA's 4x100m medley relay team that won gold.
Apple, who is second-fastest in Auburn history in the 100 freestyle, swam the anchor leg for the United States in both the heat and the final. At 46.69, he was the fastest among his teammates in the final and helped the U.S. finish with a time of 3:08.97, ahead of Italy (3:10.11) and Australia (3:10.22) who placed second and third.
Former Tiger Marcelo Chierighini also swam in Tuesday's final, anchoring the Brazil relay team that took eighth, finishing in 3:13.41. It was the third Olympics for Chierighini, a 22-time All-American at Auburn from 2010-2014.