Captured by Katrina Radke (@katrinaradke_), produced by Coleman Hodges.
Reported by Anne Lepesant.
Michael Phelps of North Baltimore, seeded second behind teammate Chase Kalisz after the morning’s heats, looked ready to take control of the championship final. Phelps turned first at the 50 wall and at the 100 wall, about a body length ahead of Kalisz. Kalisz, an excellent finisher, closed the gap over the second half of the race and wound up getting to the wall just ahead of the world record-holder. Kalisz went 1:58.07 for the win; Phelps was second in 1:58.38.