Russian Chupkov sets world record in men's 200m breaststroke final
Swimming - 18th FINA World Swimming Championships - Men's 200m Breaststroke Semi-Finals - Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center, Gwangju, South Korea - July 25, 2019. Anton Chupkov of Russia competes. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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GWANGJU, South Korea (Reuters) – Russian Anton Chupkov set a world record of 2:06.12 to win gold in the men’s 200 metres breaststroke final at the world swimming championships in Gwangju.
Chupkov, the defending champion, knocked 0.55 seconds off the previous record of 2:06.67, which was set by Japan’s Ippei Watanabe in Tokyo in 2017 and equalled by Australian Matthew Wilson in Thursday’s semi-finals.
(Reporting by Peter Rutherford; Editing by Toby Davis)