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Swimming at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre breaststroke

The men's 200 metre breaststroke event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place between 9–10 August at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.[1]

Men's 200 metre breaststroke
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
VenueOlympic Aquatics Stadium
Dates9 August 2016 (heats &
semifinals)
10 August 2016 (final)
Competitors39 from 30 nations
Winning time2:07.46 NR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Dmitriy Balandin  Kazakhstan
2nd, silver medalist(s) Josh Prenot  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Anton Chupkov  Russia
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Double Asian Games champion Dmitriy Balandin surprised the field of breaststrokers from the outside to become Kazakhstan's first ever gold medalist in swimming.[2][3] Coming from behind in lane eight, he produced a late surge about the midway of the final leg to upset the pool for an unexpected Olympic triumph with a 2:07.46.[4][5] U.S. top-ranked breaststroker Josh Prenot nearly charged to the front at the final stretch, before fading to a runner-up finish in 2:07.53, a 0.07 of a second behind the Kazakh.[6] Meanwhile, Russia's Anton Chupkov claimed the final podium spot, putting up a time of 2:07.70 to take the bronze.[7][8]

Great Britain's Andrew Willis improved upon his eighth-place feat from London 2012 to finish fourth with a 2:07.78, narrowly missing out of medals by 0.08 of a second.[9] Japan's Yasuhiro Koseki seized a comfortable lead throughout the majority of the race, but slipped down the home stretch to fifth in 2:07.80.[10] Koseki's teammate Ippei Watanabe posted a sixth-place time in 2:07.87, while defending World champion Marco Koch of Germany (2:08.00) and Prenot's fellow countryman Kevin Cordes (2:08.34) rounded out the top eight.[8]

Earlier in the semifinals, Watanabe threw down a top-seeded time of 2:07.22 to slice 0.07 seconds off the existing Olympic record set by Hungary's defending champion Dániel Gyurta, who had narrowly missed the top sixteen field in the heats.[11][12]

Contents

RecordsEdit

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record   Akihiro Yamaguchi (JPN) 2:07.01 Gifu, Japan 15 September 2012
Olympic record   Dániel Gyurta (HUN) 2:07.28 London, United Kingdom 1 August 2012

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
9 August Semifinal 1 Ippei Watanabe   Japan 2:07.22 OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 3 Anton Chupkov   Russia 2:07.93 Q, NR
2 3 4 Yasuhiro Koseki   Japan 2:08.61 Q
3 4 5 Andrew Willis   Great Britain 2:08.92 Q
4 3 3 Ilya Khomenko   Russia 2:08.94 Q
5 4 4 Marco Koch   Germany 2:08.98 Q
6 4 6 Dmitriy Balandin   Kazakhstan 2:09.00 Q
7 5 5 Kevin Cordes   United States 2:09.30 Q
8 4 3 Ippei Watanabe   Japan 2:09.63 Q
9 3 6 Mao Feilian   China 2:09.80 Q
10 5 4 Josh Prenot   United States 2:09.91 Q
11 4 2 Matti Mattsson   Finland 2:10.09 Q
12 3 7 Erik Persson   Sweden 2:10.17 Q
13 3 1 Li Xiang   China 2:10.17 Q
14 4 1 Carlos Claverie   Venezuela 2:10.35 Q
15 5 6 Craig Benson   Great Britain 2:11.19 Q
16 5 1 Luca Pizzini   Italy 2:11.26 Q
17 3 5 Dániel Gyurta   Hungary 2:11.28
18 5 7 Anton Sveinn McKee   Iceland 2:11.39
19 2 3 Nicholas Quinn   Ireland 2:11.67
20 2 8 Yannick Käser   Switzerland 2:11.77
21 2 7 Laurent Carnol   Luxembourg 2:11.94
22 4 7 Giedrius Titenis   Lithuania 2:12.13
23 1 5 Glenn Snyders   New Zealand 2:12.47
24 5 8 Ashton Baumann   Canada 2:12.61
25 4 8 Jarred Crous   South Africa 2:12.64
26 3 2 Cameron van der Burgh   South Africa 2:12.67
27 3 8 Panagiotis Samilidis   Greece 2:12.68
28 2 1 Jorge Murillo   Colombia 2:12.81
29 2 4 Tales Cerdeira   Brazil 2:12.83
30 1 4 Dávid Horváth   Hungary 2:13.24
31 2 2 Choi Kyu-woong   South Korea 2:13.36
32 1 3 Basten Caerts   Belgium 2:13.44
33 1 6 Martin Allikvee   Estonia 2:13.66
34 1 2 Lee Hsuan-yen   Chinese Taipei 2:14.84
35 2 5 Dimitrios Koulouris   Greece 2:14.86
36 5 2 Thiago Simon   Brazil 2:15.01
37 2 6 Dmytro Oseledets   Ukraine 2:15.19
38 1 1 Denis Petrashov   Kyrgyzstan 2:16.57
39 1 7 Arya Nasimi Shad   Iran 2:20.18

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 Ippei Watanabe   Japan 2:07.22 Q, OR
2 2 Josh Prenot   United States 2:07.78 Q
3 4 Yasuhiro Koseki   Japan 2:07.91 Q
4 3 Dmitriy Balandin   Kazakhstan 2:08.20 Q
5 5 Ilya Khomenko   Russia 2:09.73
6 7 Erik Persson   Sweden 2:10.12
7 8 Luca Pizzini   Italy 2:11.53
8 1 Carlos Claverie   Venezuela 2:11.56

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Andrew Willis   Great Britain 2:07.73 Q
2 6 Kevin Cordes   United States 2:07.99 Q
3 4 Anton Chupkov   Russia 2:08.08 Q
4 3 Marco Koch   Germany 2:08.12 Q
5 2 Mao Feilian   China 2:09.64
6 1 Li Xiang   China 2:10.92
7 8 Craig Benson   Great Britain 2:10.93
8 7 Matti Mattsson   Finland 2:12.99

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  8 Dmitriy Balandin   Kazakhstan 2:07.46 NR
  3 Josh Prenot   United States 2:07.53
  7 Anton Chupkov   Russia 2:07.70 NR
4 5 Andrew Willis   Great Britain 2:07.78
5 6 Yasuhiro Koseki   Japan 2:07.80
6 4 Ippei Watanabe   Japan 2:07.87
7 1 Marco Koch   Germany 2:08.00
8 2 Kevin Cordes   United States 2:08.34

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ "Josh Prenot of U.S. takes silver behind Kazakhstan's Dmitriy Balandin". ESPN. 11 August 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  5. ^ Trevelyan, Mark (11 August 2016). "Swimming: Balandin swims under the radar to win Kazakh breaststroke gold". Reuters. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  6. ^ Auerbach, Nicole (10 August 2016). "Josh Prenot wins silver in 200-meter breaststroke". USA Today. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
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  8. ^ a b "Dmitriy Balandin Tops Tight 200 Breast Field; Earns Kazakhstan's First Ever Swimming Gold Medal". Swimming World Magazine. 11 August 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: Andrew Willis finishes fourth in 200m breaststroke final". BBC Sport. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  10. ^ McKirdy, Andrew (11 August 2016). "World champ Hoshi settles for bronze in 200 butterfly". The Japan Times. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Ippei Watanabe Lowers 200 Breast Olympic Record In Semi-Finals". Swimming World Magazine. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Japan's Ippei Watanabe sets a new Olympic record". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Akihiro Yamaguchi Drops World Record in Japan". Swimming World Magazine. 15 September 2012. Archived from the original on 7 October 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Akihiro Yamaguchi sets world record". ESPN. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  15. ^ "2012 London Olympics: Hungary's Daniel Gyurta Breaks World Record in 200 Breast Victory; Kosuke Kitajima Misses Podium in Threepeat Bid; Scott Weltz, Clark Burckle Fifth-Sixth". Swimming World Magazine. 1 August 2012. Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013.