Records for Chupkov, Smith and Dressel as Manuel maintains domination

By Sports Desk July 26, 2019

Three world records were broken in stunning fashion in the pool at the World Aquatics Championships on Friday as Anton Chupkov took the men's 200 metre breaststroke gold.

Chupkov, Regan Smith and Caeleb Dressel all set new marks, but it was the Russian who delivered in a final, denying holders of the previously shared world record Matthew Wilson and Ippei Watanabe.

Wilson and Watanabe looked set to battle out for the title until Chupkov emerged at the last, coming home in two minutes and 6.12 seconds.

That was the penultimate race of the night and there was more drama still to come, with Australia just edging the men's 4x200m freestyle relay.

Great Britain led at 700m but missed out on the podium altogether, with Russia second and United States third as five teams tussled all the way.

The semi-finals of the women's 200m backstroke and the men's 100m butterfly were far less evenly matched, however.

Smith touched in 2:03.35 to take the backstroke record, shattering Missy Franklin's best from the 2012 Olympics by almost 0.7 seconds.

Franklin only had praise for 17-year-old Smith, sending her a message on Twitter.

"Well dear friend, we had a great run," she wrote.

"Seven years and I couldn't be more honoured to have my 200 back world record broken by @reganesmith4, one of the sweetest and hardest working athletes I've ever known.

"Keeping this world record with an American flag by it means everything. I was truly blown away watching Regan swim a 2:03.3 (yes, I typed that right) and absolutely smash it.

"I've said it before, and I'll say it again. People will forget your times, they'll forget the colour of your medals, but they will never, ever forget how you made them feel.

"I truly couldn't be happier seeing my world record go to someone who I believe at the bottom of my heart is one of the greatest inspirations and kindest humans in the world.

"Congrats my dear @reganesmith4. Thank you. For sharing your gift with us. You're beyond a joy to watch."

Another USA great also lost their record to a compatriot as Michael Phelps saw a best topped, with Dressel going 49.50.

More American success came through Simone Manuel, who followed up victories at the 2016 Olympics and 2017 championships with another gold in the 100m freestyle.

Yuliya Efimova, in the women's 200m breaststroke, and Evgeny Rylov, in the men's 200m backstroke, similarly defended their titles.

Related items

  • Messi and Liverpool among the big-name nominees at Laureus World Sports Awards Messi and Liverpool among the big-name nominees at Laureus World Sports Awards

    Lionel Messi and Liverpool are among the front-runners for prizes at the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards in Berlin on Monday.

    Liverpool are up for two gongs after a wonderful year, as they won the 2018-19 Champions League and took a massive leap towards a first top-flight title in 30 years.

    Jurgen Klopp's side look set to break a host of records this season, as they have dropped points in just one of their 25 matches and hold a remarkable 22-point lead over defending champions Manchester City in second.

    The Reds are in the running for two prizes in the Laureus Sports Awards' 20th anniversary gala – World Team of the Year and Comeback of the Year, the latter on account of their astonishing Champions League semi-final turnaround at the expense of Barcelona.

    Among those challenging Liverpool for the former are the United States' Women's football team and the Toronto Raptors, who became the first Canadian franchise win an NBA championship.

    A selection of sporting superstars are up for the Sportsman of the Year award, with Barcelona and Argentina icon Lionel Messi among them following his record-breaking sixth Ballon d'Or.

    Also in the running is Eliud Kipchoge after the Kenyan became the first athlete to run a marathon in under two hours last October, covering the 26.2 miles in one hour, 59 minutes and 40.2 seconds in Vienna.

    Ballon d'Or Feminin winner Megan Rapinoe is among those in the hunt for the Sportswoman of the Year gong, although gymnast Simone Biles also has a compelling case.

    The 22-year-old last year won five gold medals at the World Championships to become the most decorated gymnast in the event's history, and has won this award twice before, in 2019 and 2017.

    The event will take place at the Verti Music Hall in Berlin on Monday. Below is a complete list of the awards up for grabs and the athletes nominated.

    Sportsman of the Year

    Eliud Kipchoge – Athletics
    Lewis Hamilton – Formula One
    Lionel Messi – Football
    Marc Marquez – MotoGP
    Rafael Nadal – Tennis
    Tiger Woods – Golf

    Sportswoman of the Year

    Allyson Felix – Athletics
    Megan Rapinoe – Football
    Mikaela Shiffrin – Skiing
    Naomi Osaka – Tennis
    Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce – Athletics
    Simone Biles – Gymnastics

     

    Team of the Year

    Liverpool – Football
    Mercedes-AMG – Formula One
    South Africa – Rugby Union
    Spain – Basketball
    Toronto Raptors – Basketball
    United States Women – Football

    Breakthrough of the Year

    Andy Ruiz – Boxing
    Bianca Andreescu – Tennis
    Coco Gauff – Tennis
    Egan Bernal – Cycling
    Japan – Rugby Union
    Regan Smith – Swimming

     

    Comeback of the Year

    Andy Murray – Tennis
    Christian Lealiifano – Rugby Union
    Kawhi Leonard – Basketball
    Liverpool – Football
    Nathan Adrian – Swimming
    Sophia Florsch – Formula Three

    Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability

    Alice Tai – Swimming
    Diede de Groot – Wheelchair Tennis
    Jetze Plat – Triathlon
    Manuela Schar – Wheelchair Racing
    Oksana Masters – Cross Country Skiing
    Omara Durand – Athletics

     

    Action Sportsperson of the year

    Carissa Moore – Surfing
    Chloe Kim – Snowboarding
    Italo Ferreira – Surfing
    Mark McMorris – Snowboarding
    Nyjah Huston – Skateboarding
    Rayssa Leal – Skateboarding

  • "Yona did nothing wrong." The Commentators "Yona did nothing wrong." The Commentators

    The Commentators share their views on a video posted on social media with Jamaican Olympic diver Yona Knight-Wisdom speaking to a group of high school girls. He was heavily criticized on social media for speaking to the young ladies while wearing only his Swim Trunks.

    The Commentators argued Yona did nothing wrong while assessing how well the 24-year old dealt with the situation from a public relations standpoint.  

    Listen HERE>

  • Atkinson wins second breaststroke bronze at FINA Champions Series Atkinson wins second breaststroke bronze at FINA Champions Series

    Alia Atkinson won a bronze medal time in the 100m breaststroke at the FINA Champions Series on Tuesday, following up in the bronze she won in the 50m breaststroke on Monday.

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.