RIO DE JANEIRO -- Kazakhstan has its first Olympic swimming medal. A gold one, at that.
Dmitriy Balandin pulled off a stunning upset in the men's 200-meter breaststroke on Wednesday night, winning from the eighth lane to put his central Asian country on the swimming medal stand for the first time.
Yosuhiro Koseki of Japan went out fast and was more than a second under world-record pace at the final turn. But Balandin was right with him in the outside lane, and Koseki couldn't keep up the pace.
Balandin touched in 2 minutes, 7.46 seconds. Josh Prenot of the United States claimed silver in 2:07.53, and Russia's Anton Chupkov landed the bronze in 2:07.70.
Koseki faded to fifth.