Performance of the Week: Chupkov Smashes World Cup Record in 200 Breast

Photo Courtesy: Singapore Swimming Federation

This week’s Performance of the Week goes to Anton Chupkov for his World Cup record performance in the 200 breast in Kazan at the 2018 FINA World Cup.

Chupkov erased Marco Koch’s 2015 World Cup record of 2:08.77 with a sterling 2:07.59, just a little more than a half second off of his own Russian and European record in the event. Going out, Chupkov was actually only 4th at the 50 and second at the 100 before making a move in the second half of the race. He split an impressive 1:03.11/1:04.48, out splitting the rest of the field by several seconds over the second 100.

Chupkov has a tendency to take his races out slow and build through the second half. When he recorded his current best time of 2:06.80 at the European Championships this summer he was out in 1:02.38, a little more than half a second faster than his opening split in Kazan. Chupkov’s swim is the second fastest performance in history behind Ippei Watanabe’s world record of 2:06.67.

Dropping a 2:07-mid in September is a clear that Chupkov is not a flash in the pan: he is here to stay. And at just 21-years-old, it makes sense that the Rio Olympic bronze medalist is going to be one of the names to watch heading into the 2020 Olympic Games.

Congratulations Anton Chupkov on earning Swimming World’s Performance of the Week!

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Author: James Sica

James Sica is the Men and Women's Assistant Coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been an assistant coach at CMU in Pittsburgh, PA (2015-2017), a volunteer assistant coach with the Harvard women’s program (2014-2015) and an assistant with the Ithaca College men's program (2012-2014).

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