Balandin’s 200 Breast Gold Marks First Swimming Medal Ever For Kazakhstan


On day 5 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Balandin made history for his country. Balandin won Kazakhstan’s first ever swimming Olympic medal, and he did it in winning fashion by taking gold in the men’s 200 breast with a 2:07.46. Kazakhstan won 7 golds at the last Olympics in London, and has a long weightlifting tradition. Today, however, Balandin brings his country’s flag to the forefront of the medal ceremony at the pool.

Balandin has been building his success in the breaststroke events over the last couple of years. He was a triple Asian champion in 2014, and followed that up with a gold in the 100 breast at the 2015 World University Games.

To win the race, Balandin ran down Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki, who led through the first 150 of the race, outsplitting him 33.31 to 34.06. He also held off hard charges from Team USA’s Josh Prenot and Russia’s Anton Chupkov, getting his hand on the wall first by hundredths.

Prenot wound up with Silver, posting a 2:07.53 to come within a tenth of the gold. Close behind was bronze medalist Chupkov, who swam a 2:07.70 to grab the first individual medal for the Russian on the men’s side.

Balandin’s Splits:

Swimmer 50 100 150 200
Dmitriy Balandin 29.43 1:01.39 1:34.15 2:07.46

Balandin’s Splits By 50:

Swimmer 1st 50 2nd 50 3rd 50 4th 50 Time
Dmitriy Balandin  29.43  31.96  32.76  33.31 2:07.46


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6 years ago

King of the Castle

6 years ago

Love seeing a new face on top of the podium.

6 years ago

Question. Does this make him the first Olympic champion to come from an outside lane? I vaguely remember the commentators from the 400 IM final from London stating Phelps could have been the first Olympic Champion to come from an outside lane. Has this not happened yet?

Reply to  2flytodeny
6 years ago

Camelia Potec 200m Free in 2004 Olympic champion from lane 2!

Reply to  2flytodeny
6 years ago

There were a few, Attila Czene (Lane 1, 200 IM) and Kieran Perkins (Lane 8, 1500m free) both in Atlanta, come to my mind.. sure there were others too.

Reply to  2flytodeny
6 years ago

1500m winner from Perkins I believe from lane 8 in 1996 games

Reply to  2flytodeny
6 years ago

Kieran Perkins Atlanta ’96 1500, pretty sure he won from an outside lane

Definitely Not Sun Yang
6 years ago

Extremely happy for him! This was one of the funnest races of the meet.

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