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It was the first time since 2001 that someone not named Michael Phelps or Ryan Lochte would stand on top of the podium in the 200 IM at the FINA World Championships. It wasn’t Phelps or Lochte but it was an American in Chase Kalisz winning the 200 IM final on Thursday night in Budapest with a 1:55.56 for the eighth straight gold medal for the United States in the 200 IM at Worlds. Kalisz held off Kosuke Hagino of Japan for the gold medal as Hagino finished with a 1:56.01.
The bronze went to China’s Wang Shun as he was the only swimmer to break 28 on the last 50. Wang swam a 1:56.28. Great Britain’s Max Litchfield (1:56.86), Japan’s Daiya Seto (1:56.97), China’s Qin Haiyang (1:57.06), Germany’s Philip Heintz (1:57.43) and Switzerland’s Jeremy Desplanches (1:57.50) also competed in the final.
The time for Qin is a new World Junior Record as he broke his record from semi-finals that was a 1:57.81. This is also the third time Qin has broken the WJR at these World Championships as he broke it in the heats as well.
The United States now has eight total gold medals in the men’s 200 IM at the World Championships.