Anton Chupkov Wins Russia’s Third Gold Medal of Night in 200 Breast; Fink Fifth, Cordes Sixth

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The Russians are on fire on the sixth night of swimming at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest. Anton Chupkov won the 200 breast final joining Yulia Efimova and Evgeny Rylov as Russian gold medalists on Friday night. Chupkov used another quick last 50 to capture his first gold medal at the World Championships. Chupkov came home with a 31.99 to be the only swimmer under 32 seconds on the last 50. In fact only one other person in the field was under 33 the last 50 and that was silver medalist Yasuhiro Koseki of Japan. Koseki came home with a 32.78.

Chupkov broke his European and Championship records with a 2:06.96 to be the second swimmer ever under 2:07. Koseki picked up his first individual medal at the Worlds with a 2:07.29 silver medal performance. Japan’s world record holder Ippei Watanabe picked up the bronze with a 2:07.47 for his first individual medal at a major meet.

Great Britain’s Ross Murdoch (2:08.12), USA’s Nic Fink (2:08.56), USA’s Kevin Cordes (2:08.68), Russia’s Ilya Khomenko (2:09.18) and Australia’s Matthew Wilson (2:10.37) also competed in the championship final.

This Russia’s first gold medal in the men’s 200 breast at the World Championships. They have not won a medal in the event since the Soviet Union’s Robertas Zulpa was second in the final in 1982.

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