Ippei Watanabe Breaks 200 Breast World Record (RACE VIDEO)

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Photo Courtesy: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

Japan’s Ippei Watanabe broke the world record in the men’s 200 breast Sunday, becoming the first man to ever crack the 2:07-barrier in the event.

Watanabe posted a time of 2:06.67 at the Kosuke Kitajima Cup in Tokyo, breaking the 2:07.01 set by countryman Akihiro Yamaguchi in Sept. 2012.

“I’m very surprised, I didn’t think I could break a world record,” Watanabe said, according to the Associated Press. “I want to become a swimmer who can keep breaking records.”

Check out the video of Watanabe’s record-setting performance below.

Watanabe previously ranked third all-time in the event at 2:07.22, having swum that time in the semi-finals of the event at the Olympic Games last summer in Rio. He went on to finish sixth in the final a day later, but his time from Rio still stands as the Olympic record.

The performance comes, ironically, at a meet named after Kosuke Kitajima, the Japanese breaststroker who won gold in both the 100 and 200-meter distances in both Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008. Kitajima is widely regarded as one of the greatest breaststrokers of all time.

News of the record was publicized on Twitter, and Kitajima responded with congratulations to his countryman.

(Rough translation: “Congratulations Ippei Watanabe players world record. Thanks to those wonderful feelings!)

This graphic from USA Swimming High Performance Manager Russell Mark compares splits from Watanabe’s swim to recent world record-breaking performances.

USA Swimming Stats tweeted a graphic of the world record progression in the event from the last 15 years, going back to when Kitajima became the first man to break 2:10 in 2002. Kitajima and longtime rival Brendan Hansen each lowered the mark three times over that span.

 

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5 years ago

American breaststrokers better get off the schnide and get to work.

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5 years ago

I knew this was coming!

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5 years ago

Megan Wolff Prinsloo showing flames!!!!

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5 years ago

Hamish Trlin Liam Albery

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5 years ago

John-Charles Loo

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5 years ago

Nathan Zhu

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5 years ago

??

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5 years ago

Yichen Zhou

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5 years ago
Reply to  Helena Zhou

im a sprinter thats not gonna happen anytime soon

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5 years ago
Reply to  Helena Zhou

helena thats wat im expecting out of u

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5 years ago

Tame Govaerts-Paul

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5 years ago
Reply to  Sam McKenzie

Surely you’ll be under too with your 59?

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5 years ago
Reply to  Sam McKenzie

good 1 bro

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5 years ago
Reply to  Sam McKenzie

Hey thanks g

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5 years ago

Marchenko Igor

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5 years ago

sous 2:07 Kim Anh Sander c quoi ce mec ??

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5 years ago
Reply to  Noa Cne

Ouais c’est énorme! Au boulot hein noa ?

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5 years ago
Reply to  Noa Cne

ouai c clair il va falloir venir a l’entrainement deja hein mdrr mais normalement je reviens demain

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5 years ago
Reply to  Noa Cne

Kim Anh Sander va snap

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5 years ago

Mental Joe Stott

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5 years ago

Rory Huggins Polly Lorimer Jack Ford

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5 years ago
Reply to  Owen Davies

What the hell

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5 years ago

Maurício

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5 years ago

AWESOME

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5 years ago

Gambarimasu Watanabe San 🙂

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5 years ago

Alex got some work to do haha

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5 years ago

Tyler Shimada ?

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5 years ago
Reply to  Ethan Lim

I was just about to tag you in swimswam’s article of this

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5 years ago

Manuel Heriberto

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5 years ago

Jo Murphy Connor Bryan ?

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Jonathan Minier

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5 years ago

Whaàaat

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5 years ago

En janvier calixx

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5 years ago

Amar Zaidi

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5 years ago

Alejandro Saúl jajajjaja

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5 years ago

Paul Kim

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5 years ago

Dave Makhervaks Aaron Elhajj

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5 years ago
Reply to  Jeffrey Li

Is that you?

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5 years ago
Reply to  Jeffrey Li

Aaron Elhajj bruh

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5 years ago

Rei Isobe

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5 years ago

Yousef Almatrok

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5 years ago

“200 breast world record” it’s a wonder he can move at all

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5 years ago

Nadia Blaauw Reino von Wielligh Sergio Dos Santos Samantha Blaauw Licinda Kleynhans Abie Van Oort Ludick Nel Wiehann Kock

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Daniel M Heredia Yassir Abdalla no seas burro

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5 years ago

2:06

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5 years ago

Simon-Pierre Bélanger Jonathan Minier Solide!!!! ?

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Reply to  Samuel Paquin

j’ai vu c’est fast

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5 years ago
Reply to  Samuel Paquin

Ca veut pas dire que si t’es asiatique que t’a une petite queue

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5 years ago

He train extremely hard when he was training at our pool.

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5 years ago

Jarrett Hui Victor Luu beat that

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5 years ago

Why is it that most Japanese swimmers are fast at breaststroke? I want that

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5 years ago

learn their technique

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5 years ago

Tomohiko Watanabe your brother? Haha

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5 years ago

If I’m my brother, it can be swum earlier.
What a shame!