“That last 15 meters, it’s tough,” Adrian said. “I was trying to be strong, I was trying to hold on, but this time I couldn’t do it.”
Adrian was chosen as one of the U.S. swimmers to accept the FINA trophy awarded to the best team at the worlds. He and three of his teammates stood on the top step of the podium, a view he’d like to have next year at the Tokyo Olympics.
“There’s a time to get silver in relays and it’s at a world championships, that’s for sure,” he said.
Associated Press freelancer Jolene Latimer contributed to this report.
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