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.

Aug 8, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; David Plummer (USA) and Ryan Murphy (USA) react after the men's 200m freestyle final during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium.
Aug 8, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; David Plummer (USA) and Ryan Murphy (USA) react after the men's 200m freestyle final during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium.
Aug 8, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Ryan Murphy (USA) celebrates with David Plummer (USA) after the men's 100m backstroke final during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium.
Aug 8, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Ryan Murphy (USA) celebrates with David Plummer (USA) after the men's 100m backstroke final during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium.
(L-R) Silver medalist Jiayu Xu of China, gold medal medallist Ryan Murphy of the United States and bronze medallist David Plummer of the United States pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 100m Backstroke Final.
(L-R) Silver medalist Jiayu Xu of China, gold medal medallist Ryan Murphy of the United States and bronze medallist David Plummer of the United States pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 100m Backstroke Final.

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."