Race Video: Chase Kalisz with 1:55.5, Wins 200 IM in Budapest


In fourth place after the butterfly and third on the back-to-breast turn, Chase Kalisz of Team USA blew away the field on the breaststroke leg of the 200 IM and held on for the win, clocking the only sub-1:56 in the final with 1:55.56. Kosuke Hagino of Japan closed well but couldn’t make up the distance Kalisz had put in place with his quick breaststroke split (32.6), and settled for the silver medal in 1:56.01. China’s Wang Shun took third with 1:56.28. Sixth-place Qin Haiyang of China went 1:57.06 to break his world junior record of 1:57.54 from earlier this year.

Watch the race, courtesy of NBC Sports, below:

Write-up by Lauren Neidigh:


  • World Record: Ryan Lochte, 1:54.00, 2011
  • Championship Record: Ryan Lochte, 1:54.00, 2011
  • Junior World Record: Qin Haiyang, 1:57.54, 2017
  1. GOLD: Chase Kalisz, USA, 1:55.56
  2. SILVER: Kosuke Hagino, JPN, 1:56.01
  3. BRONZE: Wang Shun, CHN, 1:56.28

Heading into tonight’s final, the Americans had won the last 7 straight World Championships golds in this event on the backs of Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. Tonight, Chase Kalisz made it 8 straight for the Americans, holding off Japanese IM star Kosuke Hagino to win it in 1:55.56. Hagino held the lead through the front half as expected, but Kalisz roared to a 32.63 breaststroke split to go by him and never looked back.

China’s Wang Shun (1:56.28) ran down Great Britain’s Max Litchfield (1:56.86) for the bronze, but Litchfield was able to chase down Japan’s Daiya Seto (1:56.97) for 4th. China’s Qin Haiyang wound up 6th in 1:57.06, taking nearly half a second off his own Junior World Record.

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Cougar Swim
5 years ago

Really fun to see a breaststroke-centric IM’er come out on top after Phelps/Lochte/Hagino always excelled in fly/back.

Reply to  Cougar Swim
5 years ago

Phelps and Lochte could swim all the strokes including the breast. That’s why no one else has swim 1:54.

Chase’s gets an amazing distance/stroke. He makes it looks so smooth.

Cougar Swim
Reply to  marklewis
5 years ago

Sure, but they were both better fly/back swimmers than breaststrokers. Just look at what other individual events they swam, and their best times in those, compared to Kalisz.

Reply to  Cougar Swim
5 years ago

Kalisz’s best non-IM event is 2-fly.

Reply to  SwimGeek
5 years ago

Debateable,I think his 2 breast is just as good.he doesn’t swim it because the us is so strong in it he has no shot at making the team,but we are weaker in the 2 fly

Its on
5 years ago

dude is incredible. Definitely showed right here and right now that he is the new heir to the throne. Insane swim and can’t wait for his 4IM dude is ready for revenge.

expert coach
Reply to  Its on
5 years ago

i would argue MA is the heir to the 200 IM

sure dude
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5 years ago


Reply to  expert coach
5 years ago

MA has now idea how he will swim on the 200s.

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