Breaststroke Coaching Legend Jozsef Nagy Says 200 Breast WR Should be 2:02

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We sat down with Jozsef Nagy, the breaststroke coach extraordinaire to talk about all things breaststroke. Nagy goes into detail on how the stroke has changed and what methods he thinks are best for training the stroke. One of the most interesting things Nagy brings up is the fact that in his opinion, the 100 breast world record has taken leaps and bounds in the last 20 years, while he thinks the 200 hasn’t quite matched up. The Hungarian native thinks that if athletes really focused on the event, the 200 Breast world record could be as low as 2:02 currently.


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19 days ago

With an extra kick here and there nothing is impossible….

Reply to  Tomek
18 days ago

Cody Miller has entered the chat.

19 days ago

The world record for Peaty is not a breaststroke, but an event called Adam Peaty.
If you eliminate Petty’s world record. I think 100m and 200m are relatively proportional.

Reply to  dddd
18 days ago

Almost exactly if you use Kitajima’s 2008 WRs as a measure. The best non-Peaty time is 58.29, 0.7 faster than Kitajima’s 58.91, while the 200 record (2:06.12) is 1.4 seconds faster than his 2:07.5

Not sure if I agree with Nagy’s conditional ‘if athletes really focused on the event’ – for the last decade it’s already seemed like pretty much every top breaststroker has focused either on the 100 or the 200

19 days ago

I said this and I was downvoted like crazy a few months ago.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Tttt
18 days ago

Some things change, some things stay the same…

Kieran Smith's Son
Reply to  Tttt
18 days ago

Well you’re not Joszef Nagy, are you?

Reply to  Tttt
18 days ago

and you’re still wrong about it. just like nagy

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