Anton Chupkov Swims 2:06.80 in Men’s 200 Breast, Second-Fastest Time Ever; New European Record

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Russia’s Anton Chupkov made a run at the world record in the men’s 200 breast final, and he ended up falling just 13-hundredths short of Ippei Watanabe’s world record of 2:06.67. Chupkov finished in 2:06.80, winning the European title by more than a second and a half, and he broke his own European record of 2:06.96, set on his way to gold at last year’s World Championships.

Swimming his traditional style, Chupkov was in fifth place at the halfway mark, only to put up sterling splits of 32.53 and 31.89 on the last two lengths to pull away from the field.

As Chupkov swam away from the field, Great Britain’s James Wilby pulled just ahead of the rest of the field to take the silver medal in 2:08.39. Italy’s Luca Pizzini took bronze in 2:08.54, just one-hundredth ahead of Britain’s Ross Murdoch (2:08.55).

Russia’s Kirill Prigoda took fifth in 2:08.77, almost a second ahead of Lithuania’s Andrius Sidlauskas (2:09.71). The rest of the field included the Netherlands’ Arno Kamminga (2:09.87) and Sweden’s Erik Persson (2:10.25).