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FINA World Championships, Swimming: Daniel Gyurta Surprises Field, Wins 200 Breast Finale -- July 31, 2009

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ROME, Italy, July 31. HUNGARY's Daniel Gyurta, who has been a prodigy in the making for so long but always in the shadow of the likes of Kosuke Kitajima and Brendan Hansen, touched out Eric Shanteau for a surprising men's 200 breast world title at the FINA World Championships.


In the fastest field in the history of the event, Gyurta edged Shanteau by the slimmest of margins, 2:07.64 to 2:07.65. Meanwhile, Lithuania's Giedrius Titenis and Australia's Christian Sprenger tied for bronze with matching 2:07.80s.

However, Sprenger's semifinal world record of 2:07.31 withstood the charge by the top four swimmers.

Australia's Brenton Rickard took fifth overall in 2:08.23, while Italy's Edoardo Giorgetti finished sixth in 2:08.86.

Brazil's Henrique Barbosa (2:09.35) and Italy's Loris Facci (2:10.26) completed the finale.


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July 31, 2009 Shades of Cavic and Phelps back in Beijing, as far as the finish was concerned.
Shanteau should actually consider himself very lucky to have got himself the silver medal. If you watch his last turn from the underwater camera, he clearly does two dolphin kicks coming off the wall, which is totally illegal. Probably should have been DQ'd, but the judges would have had a difficult time seeing that from the surface.
If you watch very, very carefully, even his dive has an additional small dolphin kick shortly after he enters the water (not the undulation from the dive), then followed by his regular big (legal) dolphin kick. Sneaky.....
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