Watch Germany’s Marco Koch Nail 2:07.69 200 Breast At Euro Meet

On day 3 of the 2016 Euro Meet, Germany’s Marco Koch blasted the fastest 200m breaststroke in the world this season. After a sub-30-second opening 50, Koch turned at the 100m mark in 1:01.78 before ultimately touching the wall for a final time of 2:07.69.

That mark checks in as the 11th swiftest swim of all time and even surpasses the 2:07.76 time Koch registered at the 2015 FINA World Championships to claim the gold.

 

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LP Man
5 years ago

Please correct me if I am wrong, but didn’t it look like Koch stayed underwater beyond the first 15 meters?

AngySwim
Reply to  LP Man
5 years ago

You’re allowed to in breaststroke.

Paswim
Reply to  LP Man
5 years ago

LP Man – correct, the 15m rule does not apply in breaststroke. I’ll try to find the official wording…

Lawrence Sullivan
Reply to  LP Man
5 years ago

Unbelievable turn over in the last 50 meters!

LP Man
5 years ago

Can someone please provide me with a link to this rule?

Admin
Reply to  LP Man
5 years ago

LP Man – the rules of breaststroke are here: http://www.fina.org/content/sw-7-breaststroke

No restrictions on underwater swimming. Paswim is correct, there is no 15m rule in breaststroke.

Dee
5 years ago

Koch’s start and turns are as good as it gets on Breaststroke. Germany will be hoping & praying he delivers as he is the only realistic gold medal contender for them.

Hatt
Reply to  Dee
5 years ago

I also see a chance for Biedermann.

Dee
Reply to  Hatt
5 years ago

Gold?

Agnel returning, 19 year old World Champion in James Guy, Sun Yang… Tough. A chance, but maybe not realistic.

swimmer
Reply to  Dee
5 years ago

Don’t forget Peter Bernek…

rjcid
Reply to  swimmer
5 years ago

Or katie ledecky….. wait..

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  swimmer
5 years ago

Or Dwyer – Dwyer will be very strong this year – we saw it already recently . he is shaping great speed and endurance in his training .

David Berkoff
5 years ago

Beautiful race. Nice pace going out and great tempo increase on the last 50. Love the announcer too.

ChestRockwell
5 years ago

I mean, thats a good swim and all, but the research would probably say he was gliding too long.

Lawrence Sullivan
Reply to  ChestRockwell
5 years ago

It did do appear that he had a long glide. Guess you can do that and get away with it proving you have a STRONG KICK. But he definitely was not gliding too long on that last lap.. Much faster hand speed in the reach phase!!

Victor P
5 years ago

Germany’s closest thing to a gold medal lock in Rio. He’ll win and do it in a 2:06.

PAC12BACKER
5 years ago

Bring this announcer to USA Swimming championship meets!!!!!!!!

weirdo
5 years ago

He isn’t the most athletic looking guy but he can swim the 200 breastroke!

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