World record Japanese, Watanabe (19) 200 metres breaststroke
Ippei Watanabe Sunday in Tokyo the world record in the 200 metres breaststroke scrutinised. The 19-year-old swimmer came to a time of 2.06,67.
Thus, he was 26 hundredths faster than the old personal best. That was since september 2012, in the hands of his fellow countryman Akihiro Yamaguchi.
“I am very surprised, I did not expect that I break the world record could improve” responded Watanabe. “I want to be a swimmer that records continues to improve.”
Last summer, Watanabe already the olympic record on his name in the 200 metres breaststroke. In Rio de Janeiro he swam in the semi-finals to 2.07,22. In the final, could the Japanese, the expectations did not live up to and finished as sixth.