By PAUL NEWBERRY, Associated Press
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Japan's Daiya Seto held off American Chase Kalisz to win the 400-meter individual medley on the final night of swimming at the world championships Sunday.
Seto touched in 4 minutes, 8.69 seconds to take an event long dominated by U.S. stars Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. Phelps is retired and Lochte has dropped the grueling race, at least for this season.
The 19-year-old Kalisz, who trains at Phelps' club in Baltimore, was far back after the butterfly and backstroke legs. But he began to close on the breaststroke and nearly caught Seto on a freestyle dash to the finish. He settled for silver in 4:09.22, while the bronze went to Brazil's Thiago Pereira in 4:09.48.
American Tyler Clary was fourth after taking the silver behind Lochte at the 2011 worlds.
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