WATCH: Anton Chupkov Blasts 2:06.96 200m Breast, No. 2 All Time

2017 FINA World Championships

July 23-30, 2017
Budapest, Hungary
Dagály Aquatics Arena

Men 200m Breaststroke -- FINAL
World Record: 2:06.67 -- Ippei Watanabe (JPN), 2017
Championship Record: 2:06.96 -- Anton Chupkov (RUS), 2017
World Junior Record: 2:09.39 -- Qin Haiyang (CHN), 2017
American Record: 2:07.17 -- Josh Prenot (USA), 2016

1.) Anton Chupkov (RUS) -- 2:06.96 ​(Championship Record) (European Record)
2.) Yasuhiro Koseki (JPN) -- 2:07.29
3.) Ippei Watanabe (JPN) -- 2:07.47
4.) Ross Murdoch (GBR) -- 2:08.12
5.) Nic Fink (USA) -- 2:08.56
6.) Kevin Cordes (USA) -- 2:08.68
7.) Ilya Khomenko (RUS) -- 2:09.18
8.) Matthew Wilson (AUS) -- 2:10.37

Just like he did in the semifinals on Thursday night, Russia's ​Anton Chupkov​ waited until the last 50 meters to strike. Sitting in fourth at the 150 mark, there was no doubt the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist would make a surge -- and surge he did. Chupkov blazed a monster 31.99 split on the last 50 -- 0.79 faster than anyone else in the field -- to claim gold in 2:06.96. That time is a new championship record and European record as well. Chupkov now holds the second-fastest performance of all time and became just the second man to break the 2:07 barrier. The first? World-record holder ​Ippei Watanabe​ who finished in third with a 2:07.47. Watanabe's Japanese teammate ​Yasuhiro Koseki claimed the silver in 2:07.29.


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