Stubblety-Cook wins brilliant breaststroke gold

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Australia's Zac Stubblety-Cook won gold and claimed an Olympic record in the final of the 200m breaststroke at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday.

After qualifying fastest for the final, Stubblety-Cook clocked 2:06.38. He beat Arno Kamminga of The Netherlands (2:07.01) and Finland's Matti Mattsson (2:07.13) into the minor medals, having been sixth after the first lap and third at the final turn.

Stubblety-Cook is renowned for his powerful second 100m in the longer breaststroke event and he mowed down his rivals in amazing fashion. He was nearly two seconds faster than silver medallist Kamminga over the final 50m.

Stubblety-Cook, a 22-year-old Queenslander, was attempting to emulate John Davies (Helsinki 1952) and Ian O'Brien (Tokyo 1964) as Olympic champions for Australia in the event - and he succeeded, breaking a 57-year drought.

He won Australia's fifth swimming gold medal and 10th medal overall in the pool so far at these Olympics. Five gold medals means that the Aussies are already level with their haul at Sydney 2000 and the Athens 2004 haul (seven golds) is well in sight. Eight golds at Melbourne 1956 remains Australia's best.

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Izaac Stubblety-Cook of Team Australia reacts after winning the gold medal in the Men's 200m Breaststroke. (Getty)
Izaac Stubblety-Cook of Team Australia competes in the Men's 200m breaststroke final. (Getty)

"Unbelievable, I'm lost for words," Stubblety-Cook said afterwards on pool deck.

"It's been a tough five years and I'm lost for words to be honest."

He was able to laugh about the heart-stopping manner of his win.

"Made it entertaining, right?" he said.

"That's the way I trained and that's the way I've worked and the way I race all the time. At these Games, I'm not going to try and change anything, I'm not going to try and change my swimming; it's too late for that.

"I'm definitely happy that the process pulled [it] off."

Izaac Stubblety-Cook of Team Australia reacts after winning the gold medal in the Men's 200m Breaststroke Final. (Getty)

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