FINA WORLD CUP SERIES – KAZAN
- Friday, November 1st – Sunday, November 3rd
- Kazan Aquatics Palace, Kazan, Russia
The men’s 100m breaststroke race at the FINA World Cup Series stop in Kazan, Russia saw 2 national records bite the dust. We published the post about 23-year-old Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands becoming his nation’s first-ever sub-59 second 100m breast, but winner Anton Chupkov also performed the same feat for his own host nation.
22-year-old Chupkov entered this World Cup stop with a personal-best mark of 59.06 in the men’s 100 breast event, a time clocked at the 2018 European Championships where he took bronze. That outing sat just .01 shy of the Russian National Record of 59.05 Kirill Prigoda put up for bronze at the 2017 World Championships.
After casually clocking a morning swim of 59.71 in the heats to claim the 3rd seed behind the aforementioned Kamminga (59.11) and Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki (59.62) on day 1 of this World Cup, Chupkov unleashed a final effort of 58.94 to out-touch Kamminga by just .04. In doing so, Chupkov notched a new lifetime best performance in the event and wrote his name into the Russian record books as the first man ever to get under 59.
Spits for Chupkov included 28.17/30.77 (58.94) to Prigoda’s previous record splits of 27.45/31.60 (59.05).
For Kamminga’s part, the 23-year-old had never before been under 59 seconds, entering this World Cup stop with a PB and national record of 59.05 from Budapest. As such, with his 58.98 silver medal-worthy swim, Kamminga made history for the Netherlands, of which you can read more about here. Koseki sealed up bronze with a time of 59.23 tonight.
Chupkov now sits as the 17th fastest performer ever in the event, while Kamminga is ranked 20th.
Chupkov now owns the Russian national records in long course meters in both the 100m and 200m breaststroke distances, with the latter mark of 2:06.12 for gold at this year’s World Championships representing the current World Record.