Abrosimov Snags 16k Gold At Russian OW Championships


  • Sunday, September 13th – Friday, September 18th
  • Anapa, Krasnodar Krai Territory
  • OW
  • 10k Recap
  • Results

The 2020 Russian Open Water Championships wrapped up today in Anapa, but not before Kirill Abrosimov snagged another gold, this time in the 16k.

The 28-year-old already won the 10k here, earning 18 points toward his overall Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification. However, Abrosimov wasn’t done, sealing the 16k victory in a time of 3:09:24.0.

In a 3+ hour race, it came down to the touch as runner-up Evgeny Drattsev finished just 5 seconds back in 3:09:29.6 to earn silver, just as he did in the 10k.

After the race, Abrosimov stated, “I counted on the finish, kept my strength especially for the last lap, rested a little in the middle of the distance, and then made a breakthrough and won.

“The first time I swam this distance 12 years ago, so today was just the second time swimming a 16k.

“Before, I was young and inexperienced, and now I know how to swim.”

For the women’s 16k, it was Volgograd’s Maria Novikova who got it done for gold, earning a time of 3:29:10.4. In another close finish, Yekaterina Sorokina touched just over a second back in 3:29:11.7, while bronze went to Valeria Ermakova in 3:29:18.0.

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