Akihiro Yamaguchi Breaks World Record in Japan!

  21 Braden Keith | September 15th, 2012 | Featured, International, News

Daniel Gyurta of Hungary has won just about everything in the 200 breaststroke over the last three years, including two World Championships and an Olympic gold medal, but he only held the World Record in the 200 breaststroke for a very short time.

That’s because on Saturday evening (Japan time) at the Japanese National Sports Festival, 18-year old Akihiro Yamaguchi broke his World Record with a 2:07.01, just missing the mythical 2:07-barrier.

Gyurta’s old record had stood at 2:07.28 from London. Here are the comparative splits:

Yamaguchi29.1632.5633.0632.23    2:07.01
Gyurta29.1932.3732.633.12    2:07.26

As great of a closer as Gyurta is in this event, Yamaguchi seems to be even better – his final 50 was almost a full second faster than when Gyurta last broke the record.

Since Yamaguchi first broke out at Japan’s High School Championships a few weeks ago, he has been racing over-and-over again, all with the expectation of getting this record. He has come up just short, but the result is that he now has 3 of the top 6 times in the world this year.

Highlighting Japan’s history in this event, Yamaguchi is now the 6th different Japanese swimmer to hold the World Record in this event since they started being tracked in 1908. That’s more times than any other country aside from the United States (8).

Incidentally, this also took down the Japanese Record of Kosuke Kitajima in 2:07.51.

Full meet results available here (in Japanese): http://swim.seiko.co.jp/2012/S70703/day0.html

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21 Comments on "Akihiro Yamaguchi Breaks World Record in Japan!"


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bobo gigi
3 years 11 months ago

Freestyle industry in France. Breaststroke industry in Japan.
Nothing surprising after his great times in August. 2.05 next year? Yes he can do it.

beachmouse
3 years 11 months ago

Awesome! Here’s hoping he stays focused over the next few years because he seems like he’s got the talent to redefine the event.

john26
3 years 11 months ago

You don’t think the breaststrokes have been redefined already?? This event is a second faster than last year, and the 100 version is about half a second faster overall!

john26
3 years 11 months ago

We saw something like this in the women’s 200breast as well, though I feel that the women’s 100breast has some catching up to do. Thus, its likely that within the next few years we’ll see a meet where it will take a 105 to medal. With Meilutyte, Soni, Larson, Hardy, that doesn’t seem improbable.

Philip Johnson
3 years 11 months ago

amazing! he just turned 18 also (4 days ago) … he is 5’9 and 150 lbs … who says size matters?

Philip Johnson
3 years 11 months ago

and he wasn’t even happy with the result! lol … “I targeted to clock 2:06:00s … I was a bit disappointed that I couldn’t cut the 2:07:00.”

painkiller91
3 years 11 months ago

It seems like the dopping was too much…

WHOKNOWS
3 years 11 months ago

Swimming this fast over the past five weeks – at least four times at 2:08.0 or under. That’s something very special!

Reid
3 years 11 months ago

Love his cocky attitude. He called 2:07 in the spring and he’s delivered four times.

Mirror Traffic
3 years 11 months ago

I can’t wait to see LeClos beat Phelp’s 200m fly record next year.

JackedAndTan
3 years 11 months ago

how in earth do you maintain a taper for that long?

john26
3 years 11 months ago

He’s Japanese…. how many times was Irie under 1:55 last year? 6?

Mirror Traffic
3 years 11 months ago

What with all of these sudden improvements in breastroke events, they should re-legalize supersuits for the 100m and 200m breastroke, as they don’t seem to have any noticeable effect on performance in those events.

john26
3 years 11 months ago

you have to wonder if these improvements are brought by improved technique or those unseen dolphin kicks

Reid
3 years 11 months ago

They were doing extra dolphin kicks at least as far back as ’09. Just watch any of Eric Shanteau’s races from Rome.

3 years 11 months ago

I dont have any doubt abou that.The improvement in dolphin kicks helps to increase speed in all strokes.If you see 50 free final, Manoudou made five underwater kicks(against cullen and cielo only 4) putting him away of the field when he made the breakout.

Josh
3 years 11 months ago

He trains with Norimasa Hirai, who is the coach that brought Kitajima to prominence, and Kosuke Hagino will be joining his training group in the spring. Japan is set up well for the future.

hkswimmer
3 years 11 months ago

A friend of mine who saw him swim at the Jr. Pan Pacs said that he has extremely good use of his core, both in terms of floatation and being able to assist him in the thrust downwards. Not sure if that amounts to half emulating a dolphin kick movement without the feet but whatever it is, seems to be legal and working.

Jean Michel
3 years 11 months ago

BOBOGIGI speaks about swimming industry . weird mind bro …… anyway , he forgot to mention Usa is the backstroke and butterfly specialist . hheheh funny french

Reid
3 years 11 months ago

Backstroke yes. Also 200 free, IM. Fly… not so much the past few years.

swimmer
3 years 11 months ago

Saw him at Pan Pacs in the 200. Looked more natural in 200, and big in the water – fantastic swimmer.

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