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Former gold medalist Bentz closes out Olympic career

62 days ago
Georgia Athletics
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TOKYO - In his final career race, University of Georgia swimming alum Gunnar Bentz placed seventh in the men's 200-meter butterfly final with a time of 1:55.46 Tuesday evening at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre during the fourth day of swimming competition at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

Bentz, who became the first male Georgia swimmer to win a gold medal five years ago in Rio, announced Tuesday morning on his Instagram account that the 200m butterfly final would be his final competitive event. In the race, he held steady in fifth place through the first 150 meters before eventually posting a seventh-place finish.

In other action, a pair of fellow Bulldog alums posted impressive outings Tuesday and advanced to their respective finals.

Hali Flickinger took first in her 200-meter butterfly semifinal heat and finished with the second-fastest overall time of 2:06.23. Flickinger also placed second in the morning prelims with a time of 2:08.31.

In the 200-meter breaststroke semifinals, Nic Fink took fourth in his Olympic debut with a time of 2:08.00, improving upon his prelims time of 2:08.48.

Additionally, in prelims, Athens Bulldog Swim Club pro swimmer Andrew Wilson narrowly missed out on a semifinal berth with a 17th-place time of 2:09.97.

The Olympic swimming competition continues Wednesday morning as 400-meter individual medley gold medalist Chase Kalisz returns to the water for the 200-meter IM prelims, beginning at 7:04 a.m. EDT.

Later in the session, incoming freshman Duné Coetzee is eligible to compete for South Africa in the women's 800-meter freestyle relay at 7:26 a.m.