Zac Stubblety-Cook Thinks He Can Go Faster Than His World Record Time



  • World Record: 2:06.12 – Anton Chupkov (2019)
  • World Junior Record: 2:09.39 – Qin Haiyang (2017)
  • Australian Record: 2:06.28 – Zac Stubblety-Cook (2021)
  • Commonwealth Record: 2:06.28 – Zac Stubblety-Cook (2021)
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 2:10.32


  1. Zac Stubblety-Cook (CHAND) – 2:05.95 (WORLD RECORD)
  2. Matthew Wilson (SOSC) – 2:10.14
  3. Adam Selwood (PROP) – 2:13.68

In an interview with journalist Steve Larkin, Zac Stubblety-Cook said that he believed he could go faster than his world record time of 2:05.95 in the men’s 200 breaststroke.

“I think I can continue to build that front-end a bit more,” Stubblety-Cook said. “And we have spoken about it, doing a bit more 100 [meter] work and building through that [first] 100 a little bit quicker. When I race in a world-class event at a world champs, it will be even better.”

In addition, Stubblety-Cook also said that he didn’t realize he was on world record pace until the final 50 of the race.

“I didn’t think we were going that fast,” he said. “It’s a lot to wrap your head around. It’s a bit surreal to be perfectly honest. I was obviously hoping to swim fast and hoping to swim close to my best, but that is just something else.”

On Thurdsay at the 2022 Australian Swimming Championships, which serves as a qualification meet for the 2022 FINA World Championships and the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Stubblety-Cook broke Anton Chupkov’s former world record of 2:06.12 to become the first man under the 2:06 barrier in the 200 breast. He beat former world record holder Matthew Wilson by 4.19 seconds and built upon his lead throughout the race, closing in an extremely fast 31.63 final 50.

You can look at his splits here:

Distance Split
50m 29.43
100m 32.45
150m 32.43
200m 31.63
Total 2:05.95

In addition, Stubblety-Cook also finished first in the men’s 100 breast with a time of 59.60, qualifying him for his second event at Worlds and Commonwealth Games.

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1 month ago

Highly competitive elite athlete thinks he can go faster – I’m shocked!

1 month ago

All things considered this swim was damn near perfect. Yeah he’s lacking on some of the smaller details, but those splits are a thing of beauty and there’s no contesting that

1 month ago

Not sure why this needs to be an article really. Of course a top level swimmer would say they could swim better fresh off a world record

Darren Ward
Reply to  Swimmerfromjapananduk
1 month ago

If you read the article then that’s why!

1 month ago

What kind of swimmer would he be if he didn’t think he could go faster?

1 month ago

He can definitely improve his 100 and 200 by going out faster and working on his underwaters

Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

His record might be broken if somebody else improves what you pointed out

Reply to  Swimmerfromjapananduk
1 month ago

So, no one can improve? That makes no sense

Reply to  Swimswamswum
1 month ago

your comment doesn’t make sense either

Reply to  fishyman
1 month ago

Neither yours

Reply to  Swimswamswum
1 month ago

what are you talking about

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