Henrico's Townley Haas gets gold in 4x200m freestyle relay

Henrico's Townley Haas gets gold in 4x200m freestyle relay

RIO DE JANEIRO (WWBT) - Henrico's own Townley Haas swam for gold, along with teammates Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps in the 4x200m freestyle relay on Tuesday.

This is 19-year-old Haas' first Olympic gold medal and the fourth consecutive gold medal for Team USA in this event.

Lead-off man Dwyer inched ahead of the field when he touched the wall, and Haas went to work. When Haas hit the water, Team USA had a slim tenth of a second lead. By the time Haas hit the 150 meter mark of his leg, he stretched it out to nearly a second and a half. Haas touched the wall with the U.S. in front by more than two seconds, swimming the fastest leg of the American team.

Lochte and Phelps carried that lead through to the end of the race, despite Phelps needing to don Dwyer's cap after having problems with his own.

Townley Haas' family gathered in Henrico for a block party to cheer him on as he swam for the gold in Tuesday night's Olympics. They have banners, messages written on their cars about him, and wear shirts with "Yes Ma'am" on the front, because they are proud of his manners during interviews in Rio.

Haas comes from a big family with 25 cousins, many of whom gathered outside his parents home in Henrico with a big screen to view his race.

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