Swimming-Stubblety-Cook sets 200m breaststroke world record at Australian championships

FILE PHOTO: Swimming - 18th FINA World Swimming Championships - Men's 200m Breaststroke Heats - Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center, Gwangju, South Korea - July 25, 2019. Zac Stubblety-Cook of Australia competes. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

(Reuters) - Olympic champion Zac Stubblety-Cook set a world record in the men's 200 metres breaststroke at the Australian swimming championships in Adelaide on Thursday.

Stubblety-Cook clocked 2:05.95 to better Russian Anton Chupkov's mark of 2:06.12 set in 2019 at the 2019 swimming world championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

The 23-year-old also holds the Olympic record for the 200m breaststroke, which he set en route to winning the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year.

"It's a bit surreal to be perfectly honest, it doesn't feel real," Stubblety-Cook said after the race.

"It will probably sink in over the next few days. I was obviously hoping to swim fast and hoping to swim close to my best but that is just something else."

(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)

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