14-Year-Old Evgenia Chikunova Hits 2:21.0 200 Breast at European Junior Champs

2019 EUROPEAN JUNIOR SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

14-year-old Russian phenom Evgenia Chikunova swam a massive best time in the semifinals of the women’s 200 breaststroke at the 2019 European Junior Championships in Kazan, Russia this evening. Hitting the wall in 2:21.07, Chikunova blew past her previous lifetime best of 2:22.67 set at the 2019 Russian national championships, which had stood as the Russian Junior Record.

A comparison of Chikunova’s splits reveals she is significantly faster on all but one leg of the race:

Chikunova – July 2019 Chikunova – April 2019
1st 50 32.52 33.39
2nd 50 36.12 (1:08.64) 37.00 (1:10.39)
3rd 50 36.49 (1:45.13) 36.18 (1:46.57)
4th 50 35.94 36.10
Total Time 2:21.07 2:22.67

Chikunova’s time is only 3/10ths off Team USA’s Annie Lazor‘s world-leading time of 2:20.77 set at the Bloomington stop of the 2019 PSS in May. 100 breaststroke World Record holder Lilly King is now bumped to 3rd in the world rankings with her 2:21.39, also from the Bloomington stop of the PSS. Fellow Russian and 2017 World Champion in the 200 breast Yulia Efimova now sits 4th in the world rankings with a 2:21.59 from the FINA Champions Series in Indianapolis in May.

2018-2019 LCM WOMEN 200 BREAST

YuliaRUS
EFIMOVA
07/26
2.20.17
2Annie
LAZOR
USA2.20.7705/19
3Evgenia
CHIKUNOVA
RUS2.21.0707/04
4Lilly
KING
USA2.21.3905/31
5Tatjana
SCHOENMAKER
RSA2.21.7907/25
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Yousef
2 years ago

The official result is 2:23.07 for Chiknuva according to the organizers website

Admin
Reply to  Yousef
2 years ago

Yousef – 2:23.07 is her final time; the 2:21.0 was in the semifinals yesterday.

Robert C. Maybery
2 years ago

South African, Karen Muir. August 1965. Blackpool, England. 12years and 10months old. Women’s 110yards backstroke, World Record.

straightblackline
2 years ago

Ian Thorpe was only 15 when he won gold at the 1998 World Championships and only 16 when he obliterated the world record with his 3.41.83 at the 1999 Pan Pacs. It’s one thing to set a really fast time at a relatively minor meet where there’s no real pressure and another thing to do it on the big global stage.

13 % Chinese person
2 years ago

. In 92 96 , 2000 & 2012 ,14- 15 year olds won gold . If you’ve got that unique set of ligaments then it can happen .

Nswim
2 years ago

Is she swimming this at worlds?

ERVINFORTHEWIN
2 years ago

RI DI CU LOUS for a 14 year old😝 ……what to say ? Annie , keep training ……☝️

BTH
2 years ago

russwimming.ru says that 2:21.25 is their fastest 14&U male 200 LCM BR on record

Tupperware
2 years ago

I could do that.
I’m male, five years older, and I’d have to be doing backstroke. But I could do that.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Tupperware
2 years ago

lol😜

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