Asian Games’ Arrival: Re-Watch Watanabe’s 2:06.67 2Breast World Record

Video courtesy of Alex Pussieldi

Earlier this month we saw just the 3rd 200m breaststroke performance in history render a time under the 2:07 threshold, as Russia’s Anton Chupkov took the European Championships title in a mark of 2:06.86. Before his race in Glasgow on August 6th, Chupkov nailed the 2nd fastest performance ever with his time of 2:06.90 clocked en route to his winning World Championships gold in Budapest last year.

But setting the precedent ahead of the Russian was Japan’s emerging breaststroking weapon Ippei Watanabe, the Waseda University athlete who rocked a new World Record time of 2:06.67 while competing at a domestic meet in January 2017. Watanabe had previously owned the World Junior Record in the event, but his WR-setting performance introduced the now-21-year-old to the international swimming scene on the senior level.

Watanabe has since beefed up his resume even further, having earned a bronze in the event at last year’s World Championships, while most recently claiming gold in a new Pan Pacs Record time at the quadrennial championships held in Tokyo just last week.

Of the 200m distance in Jakarta at this year’s Asian Games, Watanabe has made it known lowering his own WR is indeed on his mind. But, he’ll need to cross paths with countryman Yasuhiro Koseki, Kazakhstan’s Olympic gold medalist Dmitriy Balandin and China’s Qin Hiayang on the way to the Asian Games podium.

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He Said What?
2 years ago

There are going to be some very fast races. I am most looking forward to the men’s breastroke and backstroke races as well as the women’s 400 and 800 freestyle. Plus, how fast will the women’s 100 fly be? I am hoping for a sub-56, which is very possible.

Reply to  He Said What?
2 years ago

IMs with Ohashi also

Nick R
2 years ago

Watanabe has a great stroke and great walls

Just sayin
2 years ago

If Watanabe has a Dressel start he’d be 2:05

Reply to  Just sayin
2 years ago

Might aswell give him webbed hands and feet and watch him go 2.04 while we’re at it

Reply to  Just sayin
2 years ago

If Dressel has a Watanabe breaststroke Dressel would be 2:05 too

Reply to  atohitotsu
2 years ago

Yea but a start is generally a smaller detail which is the point he was making

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