Anton Chupkov: “I need to become an Olympic Champion”

2017 FINA World Championships gold medalist and Russian record holder Anton Chupkov said that he is working towards a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

“Now we are working on Tokyo, it is necessary to speak now so that later such thoughts willnot exist. The plan was to be taken to Budapest, and there it was necessary to take a medal. Otherwise, everyone would say that I was just a one-shot wonder, that’s all,” said Chupkov in an interview with Championat.

“If in Rio the bronze medal for me was with a taste of gold, then in Budapest there was a specific task – to take a medal. Russia has never had an Olympic gold in swimming for 200 meters breaststroke. This tradition must be interrupted! I do not think about myself or my place in history for a second, first I need to become an Olympic champion, and then there will be time for emotion and impression. There is a goal to win at the Olympics, I work solely to achieve it.”

When he was only 19 years old Chupkov earned the bronze medal in the 200 breastrstoke at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Since then he has been on the rise, winning the 200 breastroke at the 2017 FINA World Championships. In addition, Chupkov was also a member of Russia‘s third place 4×100 medley relay team in Budapest.

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6 years ago

He’s basically medalled in every age eligible international event 2013 -2015 & as a senior in 2016 & 2017 .I think he might be a bit talented .

Caeleb Dressel WILL get 7 golds in Tokyo
Reply to  G.I.N.A
6 years ago

Just a “bit”

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nice screen name lol

6 years ago

He definitely has a chance. The 200 breast is going to be insane in Tokyo, 2:08 used to be a scorching time for a 200 breast now a 2:08 won’t even get you into finals

Caeleb Dressel WILL get 7 golds in Tokyo
6 years ago

*Next headline



Its only logical. I feel like 56 will come with more endurace. Could see him maybe getting under 30 on the way home if he needs to

Reply to  Murica
6 years ago

I don’t think endurance is a single gas tank. Not sure endurance in the 200 will have a huge correlation with endurance in the 100, and definitely not without risking top-end speed. The two events are just too different, especially the way Peaty swims.

IMO, 56 is more likely to come from improving his start and overall race strategy than from adding 200 work. Besides, from the “Peaty and Sjostrom favorite sets” article or whatever recently, it looks like he gets plenty of aerobic work as it is. I don’t think he needs more.


It’s embarrassing not to make the final in 200br as an 100br world record holder. -Lilly King

Caeleb Dressel WILL get 7 golds in Tokyo
Reply to  CQcumber
6 years ago

*Not to medal

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