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Dong Zhihao Swims 2:08.47 200 Breast To Break His Own World Junior Record In 200 Breast

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By Yanyan Li on SwimSwam

2023 WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

MEN’S 200 BREASTSTROKE – SEMIFINALS

  • World Record: Zac Stubblety-Cook, Australia – 2:05.95
  • World Junior Record: Dong Zhihao, China – 2:08.83 (2023)
  • Championship Record: Anton Chupkov, Russia – 2:06.12 (2019)
  • 2022 World Champion: Zac Stubblety-Cook, Australia – 2:07.07
  • 2022 Time to Final: 2:09.69

In the semi-finals of the men’s 200 breast at the 2023 World Championships, 18-year-old Dong Zhihao of China swam a time of 2:08.47 to break his own World Junior record. The previous World Junior record was his time of 2:08.83 from the Chinese Spring Championships this March.

Although Dong’s time is considered the official World Junior record, he is not the fastest junior of all-time in the event. Qin Haiyang went 2:08.71 and 2:07.35 when he was a junior swimmer, and Akihiro Yamaguchi holds the fastest junior time ever at Yamaguchi. Neither Qin nor Yamaguchi’s swims had been ratified by World Aquatics.

All-Time Fastest Junior Swims, Men’s 200-Meter Breaststroke:

  1. Akhiro Yamaguchi, Japan — 2:07.01 (2012)
  2. Qin Haiyang, China — 2:07.35 (2017)
  3. Qin Haiyang, China — 2:08.71 (2017)
  4. Dong Zhihao, China — 2:08.47 (2023)
  5. Dong Zhihao, China — 2:08.83 (2023)

With his semi-finals swim, Dong qualified for finals as the fourth overall seed. He split his race 29.30/33.31/33.75/32.11, closing hard on the final 50 meters of his race. In fact, he had the fastest final in the entire semi-finals field.

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