Russian Anton Chupkov went from fourth to first in the last 50 meters to win the 200m breaststroke at the world championships in Budapest.
Chupkov, the Olympic bronze medalist, passed the world-record holder while swimming the second-fastest time in history, a 2:06.96.
Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki took silver, .33 behind, followed by Ippei Watanabe, who has the world record of 2:06.67.
Chupkov was a half-second behind going into the last length of the pool. He summoned the fastest final split time by eight tenths as part of a three-gold day for Russia.
The U.S. failed to earn a medal in this event for the third time in the last four worlds. Kevin Cordes entered Budapest ranked No. 3 in the world this year but ended up sixth, one spot behind Nic Fink. Cordes had earned medals in his previous three world championships breaststroke races — bronze in the 50m in 2015 and silver in the 200m in 2015 and the 100m on Monday.
Shock Rio gold medalist Dmitry Balandin of Kazakhstan failed to make the final. Rio silver medalist Josh Prenot was third at the U.S. Championships, missing the world team by one spot.
Men’s 200m Breaststroke Results
Gold: Anton Chupkov (RUS) — 2:06.96
Silver: Yasuhiro Koseki (JPN) — 2:07.29
Bronze: Ippei Watanabe (JPN) — 2:07.47
4. Ross Murdoch (GBR) — 2:08.12
5. Nic Fink (USA) — 2:08.56
6. Kevin Cordes (USA) — 2:08.68
7. Ilya Khomenko (RUS) — 2:09.18
8. Matthew Wilson (AUS) — 2:10.37
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