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200 metres Breaststroke, Men

Date9 – 10 August 2016
LocationEstádio Aquático Olímpico, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants39 from 30 countries

Coming into 2016 the betting line favorite was 2015 World Champion Marco Koch of Germany, with Hungarian defending gold medalist Dániel Gyurta also formidable. Then American Josh Prenot, just out of college, won the US Olympic Trials in 2:07.17, an American record and the second fastest time in history, and brought himself into the conversation. By the start of the Rio Olympics, there was no obvious favorite.

Not discussed among even the medal contenders was Kazakh swimmer Dmitry Balandin, but he won the gold medal in major upset with Prenot taking silver, as Balandin set a national record of 2:07.46. Russian Anton Chupkov took the bronze in another surprise, posting another national record of 2:07.70. Koch finished seventh in the final, while Gyurta failed to even make the semi-finals.

Balandin, the 2014 Asian Games Champion, became the first swimmer in 20 years to win Olympic gold from lane eight, after Australian Kieren Perkins in the 1,500 freestyle. Balandin’s gold medal was the first ever medal for Kazakhstan in swimming.

1Dmitry BalandinKAZ2:09.00 (3 h4)2:08.20 (4 h1)2:07.46 (1)Gold
2Josh PrenotUSA2:09.91 (3 h5)2:07.78 (2 h1)2:07.53 (2)Silver
3Anton ChupkovRUS2:07.93 (1 h5)2:08.08 (3 h2)2:07.70 (3)Bronze
4Andrew WillisGBR2:08.92 (1 h4)2:07.73 (1 h2)2:07.78 (4)
5Yasuhiro KosekiJPN2:08.61 (1 h3)2:07.91 (3 h1)2:07.80 (5)
6Ippei WatanabeJPN2:09.63 (4 h4)2:07.22 (1 h1)2:07.87 (6)
7Marco KochGER2:08.98 (2 h4)2:08.12 (4 h2)2:08.00 (7)
8Kevin CordesUSA2:09.30 (2 h5)2:07.99 (2 h2)2:08.34 (8)
9Mao FeilianCHN2:09.80 (3 h3)2:09.64 (5 h2)
10Ilya KhomenkoRUS2:08.94 (2 h3)2:09.73 (5 h1)
11Erik PerssonSWE2:10.15 (4 h3)2:10.12 (6 h1)
12Li XiangCHN2:10.17 (5 h3)2:10.92 (6 h2)
13Craig BensonGBR2:11.19 (4 h5)2:10.93 (7 h2)
14Luca PizziniITA2:11.26 (5 h5)2:11.53 (7 h1)
15Carlos ClaverieVEN2:10.35 (6 h4)2:11.56 (8 h1)
16Matti MattssonFIN2:10.09 (5 h4)2:12.99 (8 h2)
17Dániel GyurtaHUN2:11.28 (6 h3)
18Anton McKeeISL2:11.39 (6 h5)
19Nicholas QuinnIRL2:11.67 (1 h2)
20Yannick KäserSUI2:11.77 (2 h2)
21Laurent CarnolLUX2:11.94 (3 h2)
22Giedrius TitenisLTU2:12.13 (7 h4)
23Glenn SnydersNZL2:12.47 (1 h1)
24Ashton BaumannCAN2:12.61 (7 h5)
25Jarred CrousRSA2:12.64 (8 h4)
26Cameron van der BurghRSA2:12.67 (7 h3)
27Panagiotis SamilidisGRE2:12.68 (8 h3)
28Jorge MurilloCOL2:12.81 (4 h2)
29Tales CerdeiraBRA2:12.83 (5 h2)
30Dávid HorváthHUN2:13.24 (2 h1)
31Choi Gyu-UngKOR2:13.36 (6 h2)
32Basten CaertsBEL2:13.44 (3 h1)
33Martin AllikveeEST2:13.66 (4 h1)
34Lee Hsuan-YenTPE2:14.84 (5 h1)
35Dimitrios KoulourisGRE2:14.86 (7 h2)
36Thiago SimonBRA2:15.01 (8 h5)
37Dmytro OseledetsUKR2:15.19 (8 h2)
38Denis PetrashovKGZ2:16.57 (6 h1)
39Arya Nasimi ShadIRI2:20.18 (7 h1)

Round One (9 August 2016 — 13:50)

Fastest 16 swimmers advanced to semi-finals

Heat One (13:50)

15Glenn SnydersNZL2:12.470.66
24Dávid HorváthHUN2:13.240.70
33Basten CaertsBEL2:13.440.65
46Martin AllikveeEST2:13.660.69
52Lee Hsuan-YenTPE2:14.840.72
61Denis PetrashovKGZ2:16.570.79
77Arya Nasimi ShadIRI2:20.180.68

Heat Two (13:55)

13Nicholas QuinnIRL2:11.670.72
28Yannick KäserSUI2:11.770.79
37Laurent CarnolLUX2:11.940.72
41Jorge MurilloCOL2:12.810.67
54Tales CerdeiraBRA2:12.830.68
62Choi Gyu-UngKOR2:13.360.67
75Dimitrios KoulourisGRE2:14.860.68
86Dmytro OseledetsUKR2:15.190.66

Heat Three (14:00)

14Yasuhiro KosekiJPN2:08.610.66
23Ilya KhomenkoRUS2:08.940.65
36Mao FeilianCHN2:09.800.73
47Erik PerssonSWE2:10.150.71
51Li XiangCHN2:10.170.70
65Dániel GyurtaHUN2:11.280.71
72Cameron van der BurghRSA2:12.670.66
88Panagiotis SamilidisGRE2:12.680.67

Heat Four (14:05)

15Andrew WillisGBR2:08.920.69
24Marco KochGER2:08.980.74
36Dmitry BalandinKAZ2:09.000.68
43Ippei WatanabeJPN2:09.630.67
52Matti MattssonFIN2:10.090.71
61Carlos ClaverieVEN2:10.350.69
77Giedrius TitenisLTU2:12.130.69
88Jarred CrousRSA2:12.640.68

Heat Five (14:10)

13Anton ChupkovRUS2:07.930.65
25Kevin CordesUSA2:09.300.70
34Josh PrenotUSA2:09.910.73
46Craig BensonGBR2:11.190.71
51Luca PizziniITA2:11.260.64
67Anton McKeeISL2:11.390.69
78Ashton BaumannCAN2:12.610.68
82Thiago SimonBRA2:15.010.73

Semi-Finals (9 August 2016 — 23:03)

Fastest eight swimmers advanced to final

Heat One (23:03)

16Ippei WatanabeJPN2:07.220.67QOR
22Josh PrenotUSA2:07.780.75Q
34Yasuhiro KosekiJPN2:07.910.67Q
43Dmitry BalandinKAZ2:08.200.68Q
55Ilya KhomenkoRUS2:09.730.64
67Erik PerssonSWE2:10.120.71
78Luca PizziniITA2:11.530.66
81Carlos ClaverieVEN2:11.560.70

Heat Two (23:12)

15Andrew WillisGBR2:07.730.69Q
26Kevin CordesUSA2:07.990.71Q
34Anton ChupkovRUS2:08.080.65Q
43Marco KochGER2:08.120.72Q
52Mao FeilianCHN2:09.640.72
61Li XiangCHN2:10.920.69
78Craig BensonGBR2:10.930.69
87Matti MattssonFIN2:12.990.72

Final (10 August 2016 — 22:03)

18Dmitry BalandinKAZ2:07.460.68
23Josh PrenotUSA2:07.530.76
37Anton ChupkovRUS2:07.700.65
45Andrew WillisGBR2:07.780.71
56Yasuhiro KosekiJPN2:07.800.68
64Ippei WatanabeJPN2:07.870.68
71Marco KochGER2:08.000.70
82Kevin CordesUSA2:08.340.70