Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta put away another world record from 2009 tonight, taking down Christian Sprenger‘s (AUS) record from the 2009 World Championships in Rome. Gyurta posted a 2:07.28 shaving 0.03 off the world record which stood at 2:07.31 and also taking down the Olympic Record which stood at 2:07.64.
Kosuke Kitajima, the reigning Olympic Champion and record holder, took the race out strong, under world record pace with Gyurta following close behind. Gyurta pulled away on the third fifty. On the final lap, Gyurta’s stroke rate picked up greatly as he (successfully) tried to hold off hometown favourite Michael Jamieson (GBR) who touched for silver in 2:07.43. Kitajima dropped off the pace, fading to fourth and being passed for the bronze by his countryman, Ryo Tateishi (JPN). Tateishi finished at 2:08.29 besting Kitajima by 0.06.
Daniel Gyurta broke onto the international scene at the Athens Olmypics in 2004 by winning the silver medal in the 200m Breaststroke to Kosuke Kitajima at the young age of fifteen. Gyurta missed the podium in Beijing but rebounded with World Championships in the 200 Breast in 2009 and 2011.
|Women’s 200m IM||50m||100m (50m)||150m (50m)||200m (50m)|
|Christian Sprenger (Rome 2009) WR||28.91||1:01.51 (32.60)||1:34.49 (32.98)||2:07.31(32.82)|
|Daniel Gyurta (London 2012) WR||29.19||1:01.56 (32.37)||1:34.16 (32.60)||2:07.28 (33.12)|
Christian Sprenger’s World Record from Rome 2009: