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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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.


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


His last 50 was 31.8 ?

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James is currently a university swimmer for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. He is studying economics. Along with swimming, he also loves hockey. He's in his 14th season as a competitive swimmer. Best Times - SCM (LCM) 50 FR - 24.56 (25.12) 100 FR - 53.58 (56.70) 200 FR - 1:56.07 (2:04.29) 1500 …

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