Henrico's Townley Haas places 5th, gets second shot at gold Tuesday

Henrico's Townley Haas places 5th, gets second shot at gold Tuesday

RIO DE JANEIRO (WWBT) - A lot of happy and proud fans in Henrico County and all around the Richmond area as Henrico's own Townley Haas swam in the 200m freestyle finals Monday night.

The Henrico native finished a respectable fifth place in the 200 meter freestyle, just 0.35 hundredths of a second away from a bronze medal with a time of 1:45.58.

Haas' friends and family are incredibly proud of his showing on the international stage. A big group packed in to the Glory Days Grill in Henrico to cheer him on.

Of course, we all were hoping Haas would bring home a medal, but even the announcers Monday night were calling him the future of Team USA's middle distance swimming events. His friends and family are very proud and very eager for his next race.

"I thought it was a fantastic race, he bettered his best time, it looks like to me," said Jack Hanky, Haas' grandfather. "He came in fifth, so he's the fifth fastest in the world, we couldn't be happier. He's just 19, he's got a long way to go and did a great great job. It's a lot of pressure."

"Only one way, and that's up," said Haas' aunt Jackie Harvey. "He's just got so much ahead of him. Just a lot, this is just the beginning, Just the beginning, you're right, no question."

Haas still has another chance at an Olympic medal when he swims in the 4x200m freestyle relay on Tuesday.

Sun Yang from China took the gold with a time of 1:44.65. Conor Dwyer took bronze for Team USA.

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