Dimitry Balandin Takes 1st Kazakhstan Gold In Tightest 200 Breaststroke Final Ever

Dmitriy Balandin, of Kazakhstan, by Patrick B. Kraemer

In the tightest across-pool squeeze in history, Kazakstan found a hero in Dimitry Balandin, his country’s first Olympic swimming champion and the first from all countries for twenty years to pan gold from lane 8. Josh Prenot (USA) takes silver, Anton Chupkov (RUS) bronze, Andrew Willis (GBR) 0.08sec away and the first of the rest of the final home within half a second

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And Watanabe’s semifinal time would have won easily…

Craig Lord

not quite easily, but yes, it would have won 🙂


I thought Balandin would have medaled last year in Kazan.
But in this Olympics he was certainly much less fancied than Prenot, Cordes, Koch and the Japanese.

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