Can Chase Kalisz Defend His World Champ Titles? GMM presented by

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As World Champion and Olympic silver medalist Chase Kalisz will tell you, it’s not easy racing a 2Fly/2IM double in the span of a one hour. However, he came out victorious in both at the FINA Champions Series in Indy.  Chase is 25 now, and, according to him, he’s doing more hard work then ever before.  Coach Jack Bauerle is delivering honest work, training with an eye toward the 2020 Olympic Games.  Chase said, based on talks with Olympic peers, your overall career is about conserving emotional energy. You want to use it when the time is right, and the time is going to be 2020…  Chase is going into 2019 World Championships as prepared as he can be, but he could adjust some things that might, in his words, be more in tune with the following year.

2019 World Championships Predictions: 

Chase sweeps the 200 and 400 IM. PBs in both, inching closer toward Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps‘ world records.

Chase Kalisz PBs:

200 IM – 1:55.40 – 2018 Pan Pacs

400 IM – 4:05.90 – 2017 World Champs

World Records:

200 IM – 1:54.0 – Lochte – 2011 World Champs (See all records here)

400 IM – 4:03.84  – Phelps – 2008 Olympic Games (See all records here)

What do you think?

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This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of, a Swimming News website.

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Lane 8
2 years ago

2IM 1:55.2
4IM 4:05.3

2 years ago

GMM is not the only one who think Chase can do it. He is now officially team MP.

tea rex
2 years ago

It’s amazing Kalisz’s 400 IM is faster than Phelps ever was in textile, and even a challenger to Phelps’ 2008 WR. Looking at the individual strokes:
In 200 Fly, MP 2-3 seconds faster. (1:52 v 1:54)
In 200 Bk, MP ~4 seconds faster. (1:54 v 1:58)
In 200 Br, CK 2-3 seconds faster. (2:09 v 2:11)
In 200 Fr, MP ~4 seconds faster. (1:44 v 1:48)

Seems like it shouldn’t even be close, but Kalisz’s IM has always been bigger than the sum of parts. Phelps’ IM was arguably weaker than the sum of parts.

Reply to  tea rex
2 years ago

Probably had to do with the multiple events MP used to swim. Probably would’ve been around 4:01 and 1:52 had he swam only the IMs

Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

Since when is Dressel not winning the 200 IM? Did I miss something?

Mr Piano
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago

200 IM short course and long course are different events, and especially for someone who goes 17.6 in the 50 free. Anyone who was placing heavy expectations on Caeleb was not being fair to him, or to the records set by Phelps and Lochte.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Mr Piano
2 years ago

Wait, do you men Mr. Piano would hit him in a 200 LCM IM? The “anyone” would be about a zillion SS commenters.

Reply to  Mr Piano
2 years ago

He’s being very ironic

Coach Mike 1952
2 years ago

Love the discussion here, plus gottas appreciate the respect & friendships Chase has with the Japanese swimmers. Some real sportsmanship here.

Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
2 years ago

What would any swimmer say if asked in a public interview? He doesn’t say those words in private!

2 years ago

Chase is a proven champion. If anyone can break the 200 and 400 IM record….Chase can! Good luck and Go Dawgs!

2 years ago

I don’t even think he should swim the 2 fly. Dressel who is not even the best 2 flyer in the world beat kalisz on his first 2 fly ever… let that sink in. He should drop 2 fly and focus on 2 IM I can see him winning 1:54.9. as for 4 IM 4:06 to beat seto

Reply to  Sqimgod
2 years ago

I think competing in 200 strokes helps the 400 IM. I wish he would improve his stroke techniques.

Reply to  Anonymous
2 years ago

Right? For how good he is (hard to argue with world champion), his strokes are nowhere near as clean as phelps or lochte. Seems like an easier way to go to 403/154 than pounding more volume

Reply to  dude
2 years ago

How are you judging his stroke techniques? Like what makes them ‘clean’? Does clean mean efficient, effective, ‘pretty’, or all of that. I do agree that technique can always be tweaked and improved, but in a general sense I’d say keep what works, change what does not. Only he and his coaches can figure that out. Not us.

Reply to  Anonymous
2 years ago

Just out of curiosity, what specifically do you want him to change? I just rewatched his 4IM from Nats last year to get a better idea. His short axis strokes are technically pretty good. I think maybe for Back he had a little Bob because of shoulder position that is not ideal. Free he doesn’t have the best catch in the world. Seems to get water a little late in his pull cycle. Those are thing that are hard to tweak, but I would imagine he is probably working on that.

Reply to  Reilly
2 years ago

overreaching on back disrupts his temp/wasted energy. Free over-rotates on the breath, which, incidentally, messes up his catch on his non-bretathing side. Also has the two beat crossover kick on free as a result of his hips rotating too much. Walls are soft. He makes up for all of his deficiencies because he’s obviously a beast, but, yes, I think all these deficiencies are real. And no, not only ‘his’ coaches can figure this out. Just because you’re a world champion doesn’t mean you can’t get faster through improving technique.

2 years ago

Absolutely not.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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