By Karen Rosen | July 27, 2017, 12:05 p.m. (ET)

Chase Kalisz celebrates winning the gold medal during the men's 200-meter medley final at the Budapest 2017 FINA World Championships on July 27, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary. 

 

BUDAPEST, Hungary – Phelps, Phelps, Phelps, Lochte, Lochte, Lochte, Lochte, Kalisz!

Chase Kalisz extended the Team USA winning streak in the 200-meter individual medley to eight straight at the FINA World Championships, inheriting the mantle of champion from two superstars in the sport.

Kalisz avenged his loss to Hagino in the final of the 400-meter IM at the Olympic Games Rio 2016. 

Michael Phelps captured gold in the 200 IM in  2003, 2005 and 2007 and Ryan Lochte took over in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015. Team USA has medaled in 16 of the 17 world championships, falling short only in 1986 in Madrid.

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With Phelps retired – or at least that’s what he says currently – and Lochte ineligible to compete at the U.S. nationals while under suspension, Kalisz won his first national title in the 200 IM, while also winning the 400 IM.

“With those guys absent, I’m taking (the 200 IM) with open arms,” Kalisz said. “It’s an honor to be able to follow in their footsteps.”

He trained with Phelps while growing up. “I definitely wouldn’t be the swimmer I am if I didn’t have Michael’s guidance,” Kalisz said. I learned a lot about race prep, how to swim and how to adapt to your situations from him.”

After seeing the scoreboard, Kalisz tilted his head back, then cupped his face in his hands. 

Kalisz was in fifth place after the butterfly, then moved up to third in the backstroke. He made surged to the front on the breaststroke leg, touching the wall at 1:27.09, a lead of .74.

Knowing the first half of his race aren’t his strongest strokes, he said, “I had to stay patient and make my move.”