Ridgefield's Kieran Smith earns spot in 200 free Olympic final day after winning bronze in 400

Less than 24 hours after winning a bronze medal in his Olympic debut in the men’s 400-meter freestyle, Ridgefield’s Kieran Smith advanced to compete for a chance at his second Olympic medal, earning a spot in Monday’s 200 freestyle final.

Smith, racing in lane one, placed second in Sunday night’s second semifinal of the 200 free with a time of 1 minute, 45.07 seconds to qualify for the event’s final.

Great Britain’s Duncan Scott edged Smith finished in 1:44.60 to earn the top seed going into the final. Smith, the only American to advance in the 200, will be the second seed. The final is scheduled for 9:47 p.m.

After placing outside the top three at the first turn, Smith was the fastest swimmer to the 100-meter mark with a split of 50.91 seconds. He then fell behind Scott at the 150-meter turn. Smith wasn’t able to pass Scott in the last 50 meters.

The 21-year-old Ridgefield native was the 13th seed in the semifinals after placing fourth in heat five of the 200 free prelims on Sunday morning with a time of 1:46.20.

maggie.vanoni@hearstmediact.com