Chupkov Lowers European, Meet Records, Moves To #3 All-Time In 200 BR


2016 Olympic bronze medalist Anton Chupkov had the 3rd slowest opening 100 of all semi-finalists in the men’s 200 breast, but came home unbelievably. Chupkov closed in 1:04.3, including a 31.87 final 50, to win the second semi-final in a time of 2:07.14.

That swim breaks Daniel Gyurta‘s European and championship records (from 2013) of 2:07.23, lowers his own Russian record of 2:07.46, and moves him into #3 on the all-time top performers and performances list. Previous to tonight, he wasn’t even a top-ten all-time performer, which speaks to how many men have been in the 2:07-range over the years.

Following Chupkov in qualifying was world record holder Ippei Watanabe (2:07.44), Great Britain’s Ross Murdoch (2:07.72) and Watanabe’s Japanese countryman Yasuhiro Koseki (2:07.80).

Chupkov is now the favorite for gold tomorrow night, and will look for his first World Championship medal.

Top 10 All-Time Performances – Men’s 200 Breast

1 Ippei Watanabe 2:06.67
2 Akihiro Yamaguchi 2:07.01
3 Anton Chupkov 2:07.14
4 Josh Prenot 2:07.17
5 Yasuhiro Koseki 2:07.18
6 Ippei Watanabe 2:07.22
7 Daniel Gyurta 2:07.23
8 Daniel Gyurta 2:07.28
9 Ross Murdoch 2:07.30
10 Christian Sprenger 2:07.31

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3 years ago

Really interesting that only two swimmers have multiple times in the top 10, despite many of them having plenty of swims in the 2:07 region. 200 breaststroke is definitely the event with the most people nipping at the world record.

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3 years ago

Also a bigger gap between 1 and 2 than 2 and 10

3 years ago

His last 50 was 31.8 ?

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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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