RIO DE JANEIRO (KARE) Minnesotan David Plummer took the bronze medal in the men's 100-meter backstroke final at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on Monday.
Plummer, an Oklahoma native, attended the University of Minnesota. He's now the Gophers' first American male swimming & diving medalist since 1972. The 30-year-old now coaches swimming in the Twin Cities metro.
Plummer finished third with a time of 52.40. China's Xu Jiayu finished in the silver medal position with a time of 52.31. American Ryan Murphy took the gold medal with a new Olympic record of 51.97.
KARE 11's Chris Hrapsky interviewed Plummer right out of the pool. Watch the report here.
"I'll take that," he told KARE 11's Chris Hrapsky after the swim. "I wish the legs would have held up a little better. I was burning coming home, but I'm absolutely excited to be on the podium."
Has it sunk in?
"No, I don't think so," he said. "You know...I'm going to be on the podium. That's awesome."
Several around the metro, as well as U of M friends and teammates gathered to cheer on Plummer. Even his former Wayzata swimmers were rooting for him.
"I really hope he can get top three, I really hope he can bring a medal home," said Noah Gannon, before the race.
His former swimmers say he taught them a lot but most importantly, he taught them perseverance.
"He’s worked so hard for this, and I’m excited for him," said Jason Timmer, former U of M swimmer. "He's an Olympic medalist -- that's his dream and that was our dream for him. We love you, David. We love you."