Kalisz made up nearly three seconds in the final two strokes “the breaststroke and freestyle” but couldn’t quite beat Kosuke Hagino on the final 50-meter lap of the vent, finishing with a time of 4:06.75. Behind Kosuke Hagino’s gold and Kalisz’s silver, Japan’s Daiya Seto won bronze with a time of 4:09.71.
“I just want to win, that’s all,” Hagino says plainly. “Everything else is just noise. I’d be a liar if I said I didn’t feel any pressure but it doesn’t eat away at me. I let it ooze into my body and I use it as nutrition. It fuels me.”
He feels he has the right physical faculties to get the job done, too, as Hagino says, “I’m in race shape, my body feels pumped up.”
“I’m in the best shape of my career. I’m swimming better than ever day after day and that’s giving me great confidence. I’m ready to go.”