July 16, 2013
KAZAN, Russia - In just his second international meet, former Badgers All-American Michael Weiss accomplished a feat only a handful of native swimmers have ever experienced: winning a gold medal.
Weiss took to the water for the 400-meter individual medley on Tuesday morning and raced to a World University Games meet record time of 4:12.00 en route to earning the top spot on the podium.
"Since I got here I've had my eye on that record," Weiss said. "I knew it would be close so it was always in the back of my mind.
"I just wanted to drop some time (on my swim) and hopefully bring home the gold for my country and I'm glad I was able to do that."
The Reno, Nev., native beat out his closest competition, Takeharu Fujimori of China, by more than a second. The time ranks as the 7th-fastest 400-meter individual medley swim in the world this year.
"It was faster than I wanted to go but it felt great the whole time so I'm very excited," Weiss added.
The record-breaking swim ended a four-year record held by Poland's Mateusz Matczak (4:12.28) back in 2009.
Weiss ended his World University Games experience with a pair of medals and helped push Team USA's medal count to 23, just a spot behind Russia. Weiss earned two of the 12 medals earned on the men's side by the U.S. and was one of four U.S. males to earn gold.
The U.S. National Team earned four medals on the final day of competition, highlighted by Weiss' gold-medal performance.
Taking place every two years, the World University Games are an international, multi-sport event organized for university athletes by the International Sports Federation. Swimmers were selected to the 2013 World University Games Team roster based on their performance at the 2012 U.S. Open Championships and the 2013 Open Water National Championships.