Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Daniel Gyurta sets world record
LONDON -- Daniel Gyurta of Hungary set the fourth swimming world record of the Olympics in the 200-meter breaststroke Wednesday, needing every bit of speed to hold off a furious bid by home-country favorite Michael Jamieson for Britain's first gold in the pool.
Gyurta trailed two-time defending Olympic champion Kosuke Kitajima midway through the race, but seized control on the third leg as the Japanese star began to fade. Making the final turn, Gyurta seemed to be in control.
Then, as he popped up and down in the water, heading for home, Gyurta suddenly felt Jamieson surging up on his right shoulder. The Olympics Aquatics Centre was in a frenzy as the two approached the wall, but Gyurta stretched out first and touched in 2 minutes, 7.28 seconds.
That shaved 0.03 off the previous mark set by Christian Sprenger of Australia at the 2009 world championships in a now-banned bodysuit. Jamieson nearly broke the old mark, too, settling for silver in 2:07.43, while Ryo Tateishi of Japan took bronze in 2:08.29.
"I've received so many messages of support and I was desperate to get on the podium to thank everyone," Jamieson said.
Kitajima was edged for a spot on the podium by six-hundredths of a second. His countryman Tateishi slapped the water when he saw the "3" beside his name, while Kitajima was again denied in his bid to become the first male swimmer to win the same individual race in three straight Olympics.