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Anton Chupkov rallies for 200m breast world title (video)

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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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Adam Peaty wins 100m breaststroke gold, misses world record (video)

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Great Britain’s Adam Peaty repeated as world 100m breaststroke champion with the second-fastest time in history on Monday.

Peaty clocked 57.47 seconds, trailing only his Rio Olympic-winning swim of 57.13. American Kevin Cordes took second, a distance 1.32 seconds behind. Russian Kirill Prigoda earned bronze.

“[Eleven] months after Rio, it’s going to be so hard to get back what I had in Rio, but I’m more than happy to come here, defend my title, or attack my title,” Peaty said on the BBC. “Year after year, we’re going to find bits [to lower my time].”

The last U.S. world medal in this event came in 2007, when Brendan Hansen repeated as world champ.

“I had really nothing to lose,” Cordes said of chasing the dominant Peaty, who led by eight tenths at 50 meters.

Peaty, 22, now holds the 11 fastest times ever in the 100m breast, all set since 2015. The next-fastest man all time, Olympic gold and silver medalist Cameron van der Burgh (58.46), opted not to swim the 100m breast at worlds to focus on the 50m breast.

Peaty is the 50m breast favorite. He also holds the world record and is defending champion. The preliminary heats and semifinals are Tuesday, with the final Wednesday in the non-Olympic event. Peaty is not swimming the 200m breast.

Peaty could also be a huge factor in the medley relay on Sunday, where the Great Britain could be the top challenger to the U.S. The Brits took silver at the Rio Games.

Men’s 100m Breaststroke Results
Gold: Adam Peaty (GBR) — 57.47
Silver: Kevin Cordes (USA) — 58.79
Bronze: Kirill Prigoda (RUS) — 59.05
4. Yasuhiro Koseki (JPN) — 59.10
5. Cody Miller (USA) — 59.11
6. Andrius Sidlauskas (LTU) — 59.21
7. Yan Zibei (CHN) — 59.42
8. Ross Murdoch (GBR) — 59.45

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Missy Franklin misses qualifying in 100m freestyle; Katie Ledecky advances

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — For Missy Franklin, another miss at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.

The star of the London Games struggled to an 11th-place showing in the semifinals of the 100-meter freestyle Thursday night, failing to even make it to the final.

That leaves Franklin with only one individual race in Rio and just one more chance to bulk up her program: the 200 backstroke.

No matter what, Franklin’s bubbly personality will be much less of a presence at these Summer Games than it was four years ago.

“That speed just doesn’t feel like it’s quite there this meet,” she said. “No idea why. It’s super disappointing, but I really feel like my endurance is there, so it gives me a lot of hope for my 200 back.”

Franklin is going to her second Summer Games, but she won’t be nearly as busy this time around.

As a high schooler in London, Franklin took part in seven events, winning four golds and a bronze. She finished fifth in the 100 free, but won’t be part of that race at all this time around.

At age 21, Franklin hasn’t been able to recapture the magic that carried her to such heights in 2012. Outside of a gutsy runner-up finish in the 200 freestyle, she’s shaping up as one of the biggest flops of these trials.

Franklin finished seventh in the 100 backstroke, a race she won in London, and that knocks her out of consideration for the 4×100 medley relay.

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Her dismal showing in the 100 free surely removes any possibility of taking part in the 4×100 free relay.

At most, Franklin will have only three events on her Rio agenda.

Katie Ledecky, meanwhile, could add to her growing program. She advanced as the seventh seed from the 100m freestyle semis (54.04). Abbey Weitzeil was the top qualifier at 53.57 seconds.

Also advancing were 19-year-old Simone Manuel (53.64), Amanda Weir (53.72), Dana Vollmer (53.74), Lia Neal (53.87), Kelsi Worrell (54.00) and Allison Schmitt (54.07).

Franklin could only produce a time of 54.24, while Natalie Coughlin‘s Olympic hopes likely ended altogether. The 12-time Olympic medalist struggled to a 14th-place showing in 54.87.

Ledecky may end up scratching to rest for other events. The 100m is not one of her strongest events — she’s the World champion in the 200m, 400m and 800m — though she could still be eligible for the 4x100m relay in Rio even if she pulls out.

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