Swimming: Connor Jaeger wins 1,500m, Jordan Wilimovsky adds pool to open-water Rio bid

Connor Jaeger celebrates after finishing first in the final heat for the Men's 1500 Meter Freestyle during Day Eight of the 2016 US Olympic Team Swimming Trials on July 3.
Connor Jaeger celebrates after finishing first in the final heat for the Men's 1500 Meter Freestyle during Day Eight of the 2016 US Olympic Team Swimming Trials on July 3. PHOTO: AFP

OMAHA (AFP) - World Championships silver medallist Connor Jaeger won the 1,500m freestyle at the US Olympic swimming trials on Sunday to book a second event at the Rio Games.

In the concluding race of the eight-day trials, Jordan Wilimovsky, the reigning 10km open-water world champion, finished second to Jaeger to add the 1,500m to the 10K open-water event he is slated to swim in Rio.

He will be the first American to race in the pool and in open water in the same Games.

Jaeger, winner of the 400m free on the opening day of the meet, clocked 14min 47.61sec to become the fourth-fastest in the world this year, with Wilimovsky touching in 14:49.19.

Abbey Weitzeil and Simone Manuel finished one-two in the women's 50m free, reprising their 100m free finish to set up double sprint bids.

Weitzeil won the final in 24.28sec with Manuel second in 24.33 and Madison Kennedy shut out of a Games berth by 15-hundredths of a second.

"I'm stoked," said Weitzeil. "I came to this meet in 2012 as a 16-year-old just making the cuts, just to participate. To go from then to now in four years winning events - it's just amazing."

Manuel said booking two individual events, four years after she failed to make the semi-finals in the 100m free, was "a big deal".

"I'm super excited for what's to come," she said.