Josh Prenot Breaks American Record in 200 Meter Breaststroke


Josh Prenot has broken the American Record in the 200 meter breaststroke and swum the 2nd-fastest 200 breaststroke in history on day 5 of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska.

Prenot swam a 2:07.17, which is the fastest time ever done by an American and the fastest time ever done on U.S. soil (U.S. Open Record).

Prenot had a big final split of 32.98, which is 1.5 seconds faster than runner-up Kevin Cordes was coming home in what went from a big Cordes lead to a comfortable Prenot victory over the last 50.


Prenot ’16 (new record) 29.21 1:01.67 1:34.19 2:07.17
Shanteau ’09 (old American) 29.10 1:01.69 1:34.72 2:07.42
Cordes ’16 (old U.S. Open) 28.89 1:01.07 1:34.00 2:07.81

Prenot came within a hair of the World Record in the split, and even though he did a ton of damage over the last 50, he still wasn’t quick enough to hold off the theoretical World Record line of Akihiro Yamaguchi, who split 32.23 on the last 50 of his 2:07.01 World Record swim from 2012.

That swim from Yamaguchi is the only one in history that’s been faster than Prenot’s 2:07.17.

The new top 5 fastest times in history:

  1. Akihiro Yamaguchi, 2:07.01, 2012
  2. Josh Prenot, 2:07.17, 2016
  3. Daniel Gyurta, 2:07.23, 2013
  4. Daniel Gyurta 2:07.28
  5. Ross Murdoch, 2:07.30

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Cordes was out way to fast. Prenot used him perfectly as a rabbit.

Pa swimmer

Love America being relivent in breastroke, but still don’t think we are going to see a wr


Just wait for Rio. You may be proven wrong.


On what basis? Josh just missed it by .1 after swimming 4IM, 3×100 Breast, and 200 IM in the previous 4 days. He has a 2:06 in him for sure.
Roll on you Bears

Pa swimmer

Because he had Kevin cordes pulling him along, i don’t think he will be that lucky in rio, if either where to get it I would say it would be Kevin.


I disagree. If he used Cordes to “pull him along” than he would’ve been much faster at the start. He wasn’t even in contention to get 2nd until around the 3rd 50. That race was all Prenot, Cordes had nothing to do with it.


3 men will be under world record this summer. one at 2:05.9

Swim mom

Great race by Will Licon. Heartbreaking to miss out on the Olympics by 0.14 sec.

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