Izaac Stubblety-Cook wins gold in men's 200m breaststroke

The Australian swimmer blasts to top podium and sets a new Olympic record whilst the Netherlands' Arno Kamminga wins second Olympic silver 

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Izaac Stubblety-Cook won gold in the men's 200m breaststroke in stunning fashion at Tokyo Aquatics Centre as he clocked a new Olympic record of 2:06.38 previously set by Japan's WATANABE Ippei in Rio 2016.

This is a historic win for Australia as it won last with Ian O'Brien in the same event 57 years ago at Tokyo 1964.

Stubblety-Cook, who was the youngest swimmer in the field today, beat pre-event favourite Arno Kamminga who placed second.

“I’m lost for words really. Without their support I couldn’t be here. It’s been a tough five years,” the Aussie told Australia's Channel 7 after speaking to his mother and girlfriend after the race.

This may be a surprise win for many as Stubblety-Cook made a sluggish start in the race, but the Aussie always had self-belief that he would be able to pull through and storm to gold.

The Aussie touched third before making a stunning last lap at the final second to win gold.

“I made it entertaining right,” he laughed. “That's the way I train, that’s the way I worked, the way I race all the time so these Games I wasn’t going to try change anything or my swimming. I’m definitely happy that the process pulled off," he added.

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Meanwhile, Kammingga was not disappointed with his win as the silver position came down to the wire between him and Finnish swimmer Matti Mattsson.

The Dutch finished at 2:07.01 to take silver followed by Mattsson who claimed bronze.

"I knew this race was going to be rough. I had to be at my best of my abilities to get a medal here," he said with a smile.

"I saw during my race that Matti was really close and it was a good race and he also helped me push and in the end I saw him creeping up and I am glad I finished first. It's really impressive what he did, really good time doing a PB at his level in the final, I am impressed.

"I am just happy that I have my best race this morning."

This is the second silver medal for Kamminga who won silver in the 100m breaststroke for the Netherlands last Monday behind Adam Peaty.

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