Cham­pion Gyurta tar­gets Ya­m­aguchi record

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SUNDAY SPORTS - By AGENCE FRANCEPRESSE in Barcelona

Hun­gary’s Daniel Gyurta has tar­geted re­gain­ing the world record af­ter win­ning the men’s 200m breast­stroke for the third time in suc­ces­sion on Fri­day at the swim­ming world cham­pi­onships.

Gyurta, the Olympic cham­pion, added to his 2009 and 2011 world ti­tles in the event when he clocked a cham­pi­onship record time of 2 min, 07.23 sec in Barcelona with Ger­many’s Marco Koch sec­ond at 1.31 back and Fin­land’s Matti Mattsson 1.72 adrift in third.

Hav­ing won gold in the Olympic fi­nal with a then­world record time, Gyurta said his tar­get now is Ak­i­hiro Ya­m­aguchi’s world record of 2 min, 07.01 sec, set by the Ja­panese teenager in Septem­ber last year.

The 18-year-old Ya­m­aguchi fin­ished sev­enth in Fri­day’s fi­nal.

“I have stud­ied his swim and I tried to do some­thing sim­i­lar. I didn’t man­age to do it here, but I hope to get my world record back,” said the Hun­gar­ian.

Hav­ing fin­ished sec­ond as a 15- year- old at the 2004 Olympic fi­nal in Athens, the 24- year- old Gyurta said it took him a long time to be con­sis­tent on the world stage. He failed to medal at the 2008 Olympics.

“I was 15 in Athens and I had to grow up and learn to com­pete at the top level again,” he said, hav­ing be­come the first Hun­gar­ian to win three con­sec­u­tive world ti­tles.

“I am pretty proud of this achieve­ment, but it is an even bet­ter feel­ing for me that I can do this af­ter an Olympic gold medal and this will mo­ti­vate me to con­tinue on to Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

“The breast­stroke field is quite bal­anced, so I can’t say ex­actly how many more golds I can get, but I will keep try­ing my best to stay fo­cused.”

Koch was happy with his sil­ver, Ger­many’s first medal in the Palau Sant Jordi pool.

“It feels very good, I feel very happy with my time,” said the Ger­man, who said his late ar­rival in Barcelona had helped his cause hav­ing failed to make the Olympic fi­nal in Lon­don last year.

“It was my first fi­nal and a first medal so it was per­fect. I didn’t change much in my prepa­ra­tions from Lon­don.

“The dif­fer­ence was that I ar­rived here very late, on Sun­day, just a few days be­fore my race, whereas in Lon­don I was there about 10 days be­fore.

“I was wait­ing around so I think it is much bet­ter for me to do it the way I did this year.”

Hav­ing failed to qual­ify for the semi­fi­nals at the Olympics, Mattsson said he was amazed to get bronze.

“It was my dream just to get to the fi­nal so to win a medal is in­cred­i­ble,” he said.

LLUIS GENE / AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Hun­gary’s Daniel Gyurta com­petes in the fi­nal of the 200m breast­stroke in Barcelona on Fri­day.

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