Chupkov Breaks Euro, Meet Records With 2nd Sub-2:07 Swim In History


After solidifying himself as the favorite yesterday in the semi-finals with a European and Championship record of 2:07.14, Russia’s Anton Chupkov backed it up tonight, breaking those records again winning the gold medal.

Chupkov clocked in at 2:06.96, the 2nd fastest swim in history and the 2nd-ever swim under the 2:07 barrier. His performance yesterday made him the 3rd fastest performer in history, and he now passes Japan’s Akihiro Yamaguchi (2:07.01) for #2 on the list. Also of note is his back-end speed, as his final 100 of 1:04.65 was almost 1.3 seconds faster than the next fastest (1:05.92). That came after he turned 7th at the halfway mark.

Japan won silver and bronze tonight, as Yasuhiro Koseki took silver in 2:07.29 and world record holder Ippei Watanabe nabbed bronze in 2:07.47.

Top Ten Performances Of All-Time – Men’s 200 Breast

Fastest Performances Ever
1 Ippei Watanabe 2:06.67
2 Anton Chupkov 2:06.96
3 Akihiro Yamaguchi 2:07.01
4 Anton Chupkov 2:07.14
5 Josh Prenot 2:07.17
6 Yasuhiro Koseki 2:07.18
7 Ippei Watanabe 2:07.22
8 Daniel Gyurta 2:07.23
9 Daniel Gyurta 2:07.28
10 Yasuhiro Koseki 2:07.29

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6 years ago

Splitting a 31 on the final 50 is kind of freaky. No wonder he blew by everyone.

Russia has been good in the breaststroke historically.

Ex Quaker
6 years ago

Open wide the 2:06 floodgates.

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6 years ago

Soon we will see Peaty here..

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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