Anton Chupkov Smashes 200 Breast World Record In 2:06.12

2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

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.

SPLIT COMPARISON

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.

ALL-TIME PERFORMANCES, MEN’S 200 BREAST (SUB-2:07 SWIMS)

  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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Splits: 1.02.22, 1.03.90
Stroke count: 10,12,15,22

Amazing

MTK

Really flies in the face of the traditional logic of “consistent stroke count and rate”, with all the buzz around MIchael Phelps working to bring his count down over the years. I wonder if any of the other 200s could be swum this way as successfully, or if this is unique to breaststroke because of how physically demanding each cycle is.

Ytho

Well, for years to come, we will see everyone under WR pace at the 100

College swimmer

hahaha rowdy will get very excited until that line flies by everyone on the last 50 lol

MTK

Haha, guys that go out 1:02 and die off for like 2:13 will still be under WR pace.

It’ll be like the old Ye Shiwen 400IM WR freestyle split.

Hugo

Such a pleasure to see him swimming.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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