2018 Euros: Russian Men To Slug It Out In 100 Back Prelims On Day 3


Similar to what we saw from the Hungarian men on day 2 in the preliminaries of the 200 fly, the Russians will go at it in the heats of the 100 back on day 3 with only two available spots in the semi-finals.

The Hungarians placed four men in the top five of the prelims, but Bence Biczo and Laszlo Cseh were denied a spot in the semis as Kristof Milak and Tamas Kenderesi put up the top two times.

In the 100 back, Russians Evgeny RylovKliment Kolesnikov and Grigory Tarasevich come in as the top-3 seeds overall, and Nikita Ulyanov is no slouch either with the 7th fastest seed time. Rylov is the top seed, and Kolesnikov is coming off a world record performance in the 50 back, so they’re certainly the favorites, but they’ll need to be sharp in the morning in order to ensure they advance. Tarasevich and Ulyanov have both been 53-mid this year.

We saw a similar situation happen with the Russians in the 100 free, where Vlad Morozov came in as the fastest man in the world this year but was denied a spot in the semi-finals as he was the 3rd fastest Russian in the prelims.

Also on the docket for day 3 prelims will be the men’s 200 IM, women’s 200 fly, women’s 200 free, men’s 200 breast, and the men’s 4×200 free relay.

Some notable swimmers in action include Great Britain’s Max Litchfield in the 200 IM, who is coming off an injury that forced him out of the Commonwealth Games, his fellow Brit Alys Thomas in the 200 fly who pulled off a surprising gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, and France’s Charlotte Bonnet in the 200 free after she scorched a 52.20 relay leg in the 4×100 free.

And then there’s the 200 breast, where James Wilby is coming in hot after becoming the 3rd fastest performer in history in his second-best event (winning silver in the 100 breast). Anton Chupkov, the reigning 200 world champion, also had his fastest ever swim in the 100, winning bronze in a Russian Record of 58.96.

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Can’t wait to see what the Russians do in the backstroke heats. There’s been a bit of talk about whether the 2 per nation semi final rule is good or bad, but one thing’s for sure, it makes the heats really fast for those countries with depth, as we’ve seen already with Hungarian 200 fly and British 100 breast. As for the 200 breast, since yesterday a lot of talk about Chupkov and Wilby battling it out, but don’t rule out Murdoch. He has a point to prove from Commonwealth Games, went 59.1 in the 100, is in front of a Scottish crowd, and like with Peaty, it is the pool where it really all began with him, so expect… Read more »


200 fly final and 100 back heats should be great.

Hope someone uncorks a sub-48 100 free.


I hope Miressi can beat Dotto’s national record of 47.96 in the 100 free. He is on a rising wave and has already been faster than Magnini ever was in a textile suit.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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