After his teammate Maria Astashkina broke the 200 breaststroke Junior World Record on Thursday, Russia’s Anton Chupkov broke the men’s mark in the 100 meter race on Saturday at the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.
In the final, Chupkov swam a 1:00.65, which not only broke the European Junior Championships Record/Euro Games Record; it was also faster than his own 1:00.84 from last year’s Youth Olympic Games.
Junior World Records are available to boys who are aged 15-18 at year’s end, and girls aged 14-17. Chupkov turned 18 in February.
Chupkov took the Youth Olympic Games title in this event last year as a 17-year old, though his best time and the old World Junior Record were done in the semi-finals. Later this summer, he will race at the senior World Championships. Russia has not put out their final roster for the Junior World Championships (he could conceivably race in both), but will now have about 6 weeks to tune up for a home crowd in Kazan with an attempt to cement his place among Russia’s elite ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games. He earned his spot on that team with a Russian National Championship in the 200 breaststroke.
This time leaves Chupkov just outside of the world’s top 25 in 2015. The swim is his 3rd gold medal of the inaugural Baku European Games, after the 200 breast and 400 medley relay.