RIO DE JANEIRO - 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.
RELATED: Former Gopher swimmer has Olympic dreamsPlummer 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.WATCH: David Plummer takes bronze in 100M backstroke"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."
U of M friends & teammates of swimmer David Plummer cheer the former Gopher on to a bronze medal! pic.twitter.com/0ZfmsWtBVP— Boyd Huppert (@BoydHuppert) August 9, 2016