Evgeniia Chikunova 2:17.55 200 Breast World Record – RACE ANALYSIS

2023 RUSSIAN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Well, that was unexpected. After dropping a 1:04.9 in the 100 breast earlier in the week, it looked like Russia’s Evgeniia Chikunova was going to have a good swim in the 200 breast… not the fastest swim of all-time by 1.4 seconds. But that’s exactly what happened.

If we take a look at Chikunova’s stroke, it almost looks like a common breaststroke drill where you try and separate your pull from your kick, completely finishing your pull before you start your kick. Even though she is the European record holder and the #2 performer all-time in the 200 scm breast, this makes it seem like Chikunova’s stroke is meant for long course. Her distance per stroke is immense, only taking 13 strokes on the first 50 while splitting 32.1.

She proceeds to split 35.1, 35.1 and 35.0 on the next 3 50s, taking 15-17-20 strokes per 50. On her first 2 50s and most of the 3rd, she’s maintaining a stroke rate of around 1.8 (taking 1 stroke every 1.8 seconds), although she tempos up to about 1.6 heading into the 150. On her final 50, she tempos up to around 1.4, which seemed to help her hold that consistent time of 35-low.

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Vinay
5 months ago

Nobody from Australia will break this world record mark my words!

Vinay
Reply to  Vinay
5 months ago

Australian trolls need the same help mate

Sub13
Reply to  Vinay
5 months ago

All trolls are pathetic. If there’s an Australian that’s been trolling you (if there is then I certainly haven’t seen it but I’ll take your word for it) then obsessively posting about Australians, literally 20+ comments per day, is not a rational way to respond.

Your behaviour is legitimately concerning and I fear for your mental well-being.

Abcdefg
Reply to  Vinay
5 months ago

What’s your beef with Australia? I’ve seen you post several Australian troll comments. By the way, I’m not Australian, just confused by how you single out this country, which is an amazing swimming powerhouse in spite of a comparatively small population, and seems to compete cleanly. Why so much criticism directed here?

Vinay
Reply to  Abcdefg
5 months ago

Australian sporting population is definitely not small in comparison with other developed nations

Abcdefg
Reply to  Vinay
5 months ago

Why do you post so many negative comments about Australian swimming/swimmers?

Vinay
Reply to  Abcdefg
5 months ago

Nothing negative truth always hurts

Fluidg
5 months ago

An absolutely beautiful swim. I hope it wasn’t enhanced. Does the video address the question it poses? Will it count? Is ratification subject to passing a drug test? Surely, it must.

Greg
Reply to  Fluidg
5 months ago

Every WR swim is enhanced. Swimming is a dirty sport

Wayne Alder McCauley
5 months ago

Back in 2004 Olympic Trials I watched Amanda Beard swim with these long strokes. I wrote “for every tenth of a second additional your head is underwater during the glide, your total time will be one additional tenth faster.

It’s a floater
5 months ago

Beautiful stroke. Smooth

buzzbuzz
5 months ago

say what you want about Russia, but the live stream was on point and better than a lot of American streams lol

IMO
5 months ago

And who is doing the drug testing?

Swim Alchemist
5 months ago

Classic way to swim the 200 LCM breaststroke. Very long first 50, long second 50, building third 50, ramped-up tempo last 50.

Russia sure has some breaststrokers who know how to glide…Chikunova, Chupkov, and Prigoda off the top of my head.

OldNotDead
Reply to  Swim Alchemist
5 months ago

WAY back at the 1976 Olympics, when three per country were allowed, the Russians swept 1-2-3 in women’s 200 Breast.
200 m breaststroke
Marina Koshevaya  Soviet Union2:33.35 (WR)
Marina Yurchenya  Soviet Union2:36.08
Lyubov Rusanova  Soviet Union2:36.22

Last edited 5 months ago by OldNotDead
Retired Swammer
5 months ago

Such a great swim from start to finish! So refreshing to see Russia’s swimmers doing well. They have not had the opportunity for a while. At the end of the day, it is not their call to be involved in the war. Let them swim!

Coach Pat
Reply to  Retired Swammer
5 months ago

I would agree, let the swimmers swim. They should not be at fault…

Yozhik
Reply to  Retired Swammer
5 months ago

They do swim in their pools. What else do you want for them. To represent proudly their country at international competitions? This right to be treated as normal member of international community has to be deserved first. Russia is a killing machine that was recognised as aggressor since infamous war with Finland in 1939. Isolation of the country that sees the way for dominance through military force only is the way to stay away from new terrible war.

swimmerfromjapananduk
Reply to  Yozhik
5 months ago

I also believe China should get the same treatment as Russia with what they’re doing to religious minorities and their genocidal activities.

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