Olivia Smoliga helps U.S. reach final of 400-meter freestyle relay — then wins a bronze medal in an unexpected way
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TOKYO — This is not what Olivia Smoliga expected to be doing here. After helping the United States secure a spot in the women’s 400-meter freestyle relay final, the Glenview, Ill., native was not selected for the medal race Sunday morning, bringing an abrupt end to her Olympic competition. She was replaced by teammate Simone Manuel for the medal race. The United States won the bronze, finishing third behind Australia — which set a world record by finishing in 3 minutes, 29.69 seconds — and Canada, which edged the U.S for the silver. Smoliga received a medal because of her participation in the ...