Chase Kalisz continues Baltimore’s swimming legacy in the 400-meter medley – Baltimore Sun

After a lifetime pursuing the world’s greatest swimmer day after day, Chase Kalisz no longer stood behind anyone Sunday evening at Olympic Trials.

Using a dominant breaststroke leg, Kalisz won the 400-meter individual medley to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team and make good on his quest to succeed his friend and training partner, Michael Phelps.

“Honestly, the whole thing went by so fast, and I feel like I’m in a different reality right now,” the Bel Air native said after winning in 4 minutes, 9.54 seconds, the second-best time in the world this year.

Ryan Lochte, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist in the event, finished third. He said he pulled his groin in the morning preliminary, which forced him to go out faster than he wanted to in the evening, because he knew he wouldn’t be able to use his legs properly on the breaststroke leg.

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