2021 SYDNEY OPEN
- Thursday, May 13th – Sunday, May 16th
- Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre
- LCM (50m)
- Heats at 6pm local; Finals at 9am local
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While competing on the final day of action of the 2021 Sydney Open, 22-year-old Zac Stubblety-Cook put up the swim of his life in the men’s 200m breaststroke.
Topping the field by over 7 seconds, the Chandler swimmer scorched a personal best of 2:07.00 to grab gold, inserting himself onto the list of the world’s top performers all-time in the process.
Entering this Sydney Open, Stubblety-Cook’s personal best rested at the 2:07.36 he logged at the 2019 FINA World Championships. There in Gwangju, that time rendered him in 4th place behind world record-setter Anton Chupkov of Russia (2:06.12), fellow Australian Matt Wilson (2:06.68) and Ippei Watanabe of Japan’s 2:06.73.
Stubblety-Cook’s 2:07.00 this morning was comprised of splits of 1:02.32 on the way out and 1:04.68 on the way home, ranking the Aussie as the world’s 6th fastest 200m breaststroke of all-time.
All-Time Men’s 200m Breaststroke Performers:
- Anton Chupkov (RUS), 2:06.12 2019
- Shoma Sato (JPN), 2:06.40, 2021
- Matt Wilson (AUS), 2:06.67 & Ippei Watanabe (2:06.67) 2017
- Arno Kamminga (NED), 2:06.85 2020
- Zac Stubblety-Cook (AUS), 2:07.00 2021
More locally, Stubblety-Cook now becomes Australsita’s 2nd fastest performer to date, jumping ahead of retired Olypian Christan Sprenger.
With his mighty 2:07.00 performance, Stubbley-Cook now ranks as the 3rd fastest man in the world this season.
Of note, Wilson was in last night’s prelims, posting a top time of 2:08.60 to Stubblety-Cook’s 2:08.92 before dropping the final.