17-Year Old Kliment Kolesnikokv Breaks Matt Grevers’ SCM World Record

2017 Vladimir Salnikov Swim Cup

After hammering the World Junior Record books all year, Russian 17-year old Kliment Kolesnikov has broken the senior World Record in the men’s 100 short course meter backstroke to open the 2017 Vladimir Salnikov Swim Cup in Russia.

Kolesnikov swam a 48.90 in the event, which knocked out Matt Grevers‘ old record of 48.92 that was set in December of 2015.

Kolesnikov dropped .09 seconds from his swim at the European Short Course Championships exatly a week ago, and has undercut the World Junior record in this event 5 times in the last 5 weeks.

Grevers’ opened his former World Record swim in 23.56, closing in 25.36. By comparison, Kolsenikov opened his swim in just 24.09, but closed in a blistering 24.81 to break the record.

Other records broken by Kolesnikov’s swim:

  • Russian Record – Stanislav Donets, 48.95 – 2010 Short Course World Championships (relay leadoff)
  • European Record – Stanislav Donets, 48.95 – 2010 Short Course World Championships (relay leadoff)
  • World Junior Record (unofficial) – Kliment Kolesniov, 48.99 – 2017 European Short Course Championships.

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3 years ago

This kid is insane.

3 years ago

Russia Youngster are becoming a team who can actually beat US in next World.

Back – Rylov/Kolesnikov
Breast – Chupkov/Prigoda
Fly – Kuimov/Minakov
Free – Girev (Morozov is not that old also)

If a 4×200 Medley relay existed a Rylov/Chupkov/Pakhomovo/Krasnykh team would be scary too..

Reply to  Rafael
3 years ago

If the Russians start challenging for the gold in the medley relay, that will really makes some waves.

Reply to  Rafael
3 years ago

I agree – Russia look insanely good. I just don’t see where they make time over the US…

Is Kolesnikov going to be ahead of Murphy at his best? Possibly, but equally possibly not, and he will not be far ahead in any case.

Is Prigoda/Chupkov going to be ahead of Cordes? Again, possibly, but almost certainly not by much and quite feasibly not ahead at all.

Are Kuimov/Minakov going to be ahead of Dressed? In my opinion, no. Will they be close? Possibly, but they have a long way to go.

Will Girev/Morozov be miles ahead of ‘whoever anchors the USA? Post Adrian, very possibly, but not by much, USA seem to always have a man who… Read more »

Reply to  Dee
3 years ago

1) Hi Rafael, I see that my hint about Russian men’s medley relay is making waves..

2) Dee: the real strenght of Russia is the date of birth of their swimmers: Rylov (1996), Kolesnikov (2000), Chupkov (1997), Prigoda (1995), Kuimov (1999), Minakov (2002!), Girev (2000). It’s the ratio performances already obtained/age of swimmers to be extremely impressive. And most of them could peak for 2020.
Obviously Usa has historically been capable to produce great swimmers (the winning streak in the medley relay speak for itself) and there are high chances that will happen again for Tokyo2020.
But Russia could be a powerful competitor.

Reply to  Dee
3 years ago

I would not define a Ceiling for Rylov/Kolesnikov so soon, the latter might push a Peaty.. On Fly Minakov is scary being only 15.. And I Think the next Peaty level guys will show up soon, Kolesnikov, Peaty Himself, on Fly Dressel is showing that already but I would not be surprised if Milak/Minakov takes the “Peaty title” on 100 free the 47 barrier is elusive so far, can´t bet on anyone

Reply to  Rafael
3 years ago

I think that slightly underplays what Peaty has done and puts unfair expectation on these lads – We must not allow Peaty to become a rule/expectation, strive for that of course, but we must all remain grounded and aware that he is an exception. I struggle to see a rush of men doing what he has done… It’s akin to a 48s fly or a 50s backstroke… Personally, I cant fathom that just yet.

A quick example of PB progression from athletes of the same age, in the same stroke.

Craig Benson – 1994
2011 – 1.01.3 (17)
2012 – 1.00.04 (18)
2017 – 59.63 (23)

Adam Peaty – 1994
2011 – 1.03.20 (17)
2012… Read more »

Reply to  Rafael
3 years ago

Take a look at this http://omegatiming.com/File/Download?id=000111010A0105F701FFFFFFFFFFFF01 and this http://omegatiming.com/File/Download?id=000111010A0105F704FFFFFFFFFFFF01
If even second US roster had swum in the final, they would have beaten the russians.

3 years ago

The 100 back was his second race of the day, in the first Kolesnikov swam a respectable 46.58 to win the 100 free.

Astonishing, really astonishing performance by 2004 (!) Russian flier Alexandra Sabitova (already known, but she keeps improving..), who won the 100 fly in 56.84..
Yes, a 13 year-old who swims 56.84 in the 100 fly SCM

Reply to  nuotofan
3 years ago

That’s dope

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Reply to  jmanswimfan
3 years ago

<3 <3 <3

Seriously though it's hard for me to take any of this. I so badly want to be supportive for a 17 year old and 13 year old that are killing it but Its getting harder. I love people and I love swimming, but I also don't want to be naive.

I am trying to place myself in their shoes. It would be hard to be a young prodigy and say no to officials/ coaches/ trainers who are giving you the opportunity to do what you love and are guiding you to success. It would be easy to lie to yourself or justify it or just accept what you are being told.

I've noticed in the US… Read more »

Reply to  tammy touchpad error
3 years ago

If anything I’d say American kids are more resistant to authority and the rules if society than ever before, definitely not more obedient or malleable in my opinion.

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