Anton Chupkov Well Ahead in 200 Breaststroke Prelims

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In this morning’s men’s 200 breaststroke Russia’s Anton Chupkov finished over a half second ahead of the field with a 2:07.93.

Yashuri Koseki of Japan touched in a 2:08.61 to take the second seed into semifinals. Great Britain’s Andrew Willis secured third in 2:08.92.

Russia’s Ilya Khomenko will be the fourth seed with his 2:08.94 and Marco Koch of Germany swam a 2:08.98. Dmitriy Balandin of Kazakhstan will be sixth tonight with his 2:09.00. He will be followed by Kevin Cordes of the United States with a 2:09.30. Japan’s Ippei Watanbe clocked a 2:09.63.

With a new Chinese National record in tow, Feilian Mao will head to semifinals in the ninth spot after posting a 2:09.80, ahead of the USA’s Josh Prenot in 2:09.91.

Prenot, though, still holds the top time in the world in the event with his 2:07.14 from Olympic Trials last month, and he did not seem phased at all despite not being among the top seeds for the semifinals.

“It’s prelims. Just gotta be top-16,” Prenot said. He figures to put his signature closing burst on display in tonight’s semifinals.

Finland’s Matti Mattsson (2:10.09), Sweden’s Erik Persson (2:10.15) and China’s Xiang Li (2:10.17) are 11th through 13th.

Venezuela’s Carlos Claverie (2:10.35), Craig Benson (2:11.19) and Italy’s Luca Pizzini (2:11.26) will complete tonight’s semifinals.

Notably, Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta missed out on a spot in the semifinals. Gyurta was the defending champion and also won the bronze in the event at the 2004 Olympics, but he ended up 17th in 2:11.28.


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    Gyurta won silver in 04

Author: Cathleen Pruden

Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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