Anton Chupkov Smashes 200 Breast World Record In 2:06.12


Russian Anton Chupkov set a new world record in the final of the men’s 200 breaststroke in Gwangju, clocking a time of 2:06.12 to take more than half a second off the previous mark of 2:06.67.

That record was first set by Japan’s Ippei Watanabe in 2017, and then it was equalled by Australian Matthew Wilson in last night’s semi-finals.

The Russian also lowers his European and National Record that previously stood at 2:06.80 from last year.

In typical Chupkov fashion, the 22-year-old came from behind. He sat back in eighth at both the 50 and 100m turns, moved up to fifth at the 150, and then charged home in 31.89 to win it. Only one other swimmer in the field came back sub-33.


The way Watanabe and Wilson swam their world records were very similar, while Chupkov has a completely different strategy.

Watanabe, 2017 Wilson, 2019 Chupkov, 2019
28.95 28.80 29.73
1:01.33 (32.38) 1:00.77 (31.97) 1:02.22 (32.49)
1:34.02 (32.69) 1:33.68 (32.91) 1:34.23 (32.01)
2:06.67 (32.65) 2:06.67 (32.99) 2:06.12 (31.89)

After doing so in the semis, Chupkov has now broken 2:07 four times.

2017 Worlds 2018 Euros 2019 Worlds SF 2019 Worlds Final
29.55 29.76 29.62 29.73
1:02.31 (32.66) 1:02.38 (32.62) 1:02.82 (33.20) 1:02.22 (32.49)
1:34.97 (32.66) 1:34.91 (32.53) 1:34.67 (31.85) 1:34.23 (32.01)
2:06.96 (31.99) 2:06.80 (31.89) 2:06.83 (32.16) 2:06.12 (31.89)

Coming into the competition there had only been three swims sub-2:07 in history, and now there are eight after both Wilson and Watanabe did so again in the final.

The Australian won silver in 2:06.68, and Watanabe took bronze in 2:06.73.


  1. Anton Chupkov (RUS), 2:06.12 – 2019
  2. Ippei Watanabe (JPN) / Matthew Wilson (AUS), 2:06.67 – 2017/2019
  3. Matthew Wilson (AUS), 2:06.68 – 2019
  4. Ippei Watanabe (JPN), 2:06.73 – 2019
  5. Anton Chupkov (RUS), 2:06.80 – 2018
  6. Anton Chupkov (RUS), 2:06.83 – 2019
  7. Anton Chupkov (RUS), 2:06.96 – 2017

Since winning bronze in 2016, Chupkov has gone undefeated in the 200 breast in major international finals, sweeping both World titles in addition to winning the 2018 European Championship gold medal.

He is just the third man in history to go back-to-back in the event, joining David Wilkie (1973-1975) and Daniel Gyurta (2009-2013) who won three in a row.

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Right Dude Here
2 years ago

Will Licon gonna break it again at Pan Ams.

2 years ago

A masterpiece by Chupkov. Major props to all of the medalists for swimming their own respective races. What a thrill to watch.

Definitely Not Sun Yang
2 years ago

Most dominant streak in the 200 breast since Gyurta? I think so. Interestingly, him and Rylov have identical accolades in the 200 breast and back respectively.

Beverly Drangus
2 years ago

Reminds me a lot of gyurta in terms of stroke and strategy

2 years ago

First time we’ve ever seen three 2:06’s in the same race.

2 years ago

Amazing last 50.

2 years ago

Three WR holders in that event in the final. That’s amazing.

2 years ago

Beautiful swim from Anton. Perfect in his execution.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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