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.