“I was sure that when emotions subside, Anton will make an informed decision. And so it happened. He had time to rest, he had time to think it over, and he decided to compete at the World Cup,” said president of the Russian Swimming Federation Vladimir Salnikov in the article (translated from Russian).
The two-time world champion and 2016 Olympic medalist announced his plans to retire in the near future after finishing outside of the podium in the men’s 200 breaststroke final in Tokyo. He has the world record in the event, a time of 2:06.12.
“Games in Paris? No, the next goal is to enjoy life,” said Chupkov at the time, according to Russian news agency TASS (translated from Russian). “To continue living, but without it (swimming). This is one of my last starts at a high international professional level.”
Chupkov also previously said he probably would have retired after the Tokyo Games in 2020 had they not been postponed.
The 24-year-old has long been dominant in the breaststroke event, but in Tokyo he finished fourth with a time of 2:07.24. Australian Zac Stubblety-Cook won gold and the Olympic record with a time of 2:06.38.
Chupkov is also a two-time bronze medalist from the long course World Championships in the men’s 400 medley relay, and is the reigning two-time European champion in the 200 breaststroke.