Dmitry Balandin Breaks One Minute To Win 100 Breaststroke At WUGS (Race Video)


As reported by SwimSwam Contributor Robert Gibbs:


Another tight race here, but Kazakstan’s Dmitry Balandin used a strong second half to win the gold in 59.96, the 9th-fastest time in the world this year.  The Brits swept the minor medals with James Wilby jumping up to 1:00.28 for the silver and Craig Benson taking the bronze in 1:00.33, just off his top-seeded semifinals time.

American DJ MacDonald came into the final as the eighth seed, but finished fourth in 1:00.51, a new personal best for him.  Japan’s Kazuki Kohinata placed fifth with a 1:00.75, followed by Russia’s Oleg Kostin (1:00.85) and Australia’s Nicholas Schafer (1:00.90).  Caba Siladi of Serbia was first at the wall, but faded to finish in eighth with a time 1:01.01.


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bobo gigi
6 years ago

At 2014 Asian Games he swam 59.92.
And the same week he swam 2.07.67 in the 200 breast.
A sub 2.08 looks again possible.

6 years ago

Good time and win for Balandin . Hope to see him swim well at WCs and fight with Gyurta , Koch , and others for the 200 Br title !

6 years ago

If he gets it right, he is could become much more than just a darkhorse

Swim Coach
6 years ago

Love the Terminator thumb up celebration in the end 🙂

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