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University of Michigan's Connor Jaeger wins his first Olympic medal

Former University of Michigan swimmer gets silver in the 1500m

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Connor Jaeger won his first Olympic medal on Saturday night, taking silver in the 1500m. 

Jaeger set an American record with a blistering time of 14:39.48, second to a near world-record time by Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy. Gabriele Detti took bronze. American Jordan Wilimovsky finished fourth. 

Saturday's swim was a career milestone for Jaeger, who finished seventh in the 400m freestyle earlier in the Rio games. Jaeger is the first American to medal in the 1500m since the 2004 games in Athens. 

 

The NCAA celebrated Jaeger's silver: