Alexander Kudashev Brings Russian Olympic Roster To 18 On Day 4 In Kazan


After seven new swimmers qualified for the Russian Olympic team on Monday, Tuesday’s action only yielded one new name to the roster: Alexander Kudashev.

After a fourth-place finish at the 2016 Trials, where he finished three seconds off his best time in the final, Kudashev won the men’s 200 butterfly tonight in a time of 1:55.48, lowering his previous best of 1:55.63 and getting well under the FINA ‘A’ standard of 1:56.48.

Kudashev set that previous best time at the 2019 World University Games, where he won gold, and has also represented Russia at the 2015 LC World Championships, but this is his first Olympic berth.

The only other Olympic-qualifying swim in a final on Day 4 came from Anastasia Kirpichnikova in the women’s 1500 freestyle, as the 20-year-old won by nearly 40 seconds in 15:58.98. Kirpichnikova set the National Record of 15:53.18 in December, becoming the first Russian sub-16:00.

This adds a second event to her Olympic lineup after she qualified in the 400 free on Day 2.

Both the women’s 200 free and 200 IM finals saw the winners fall shy of the FINA ‘A’ cut, though its possible someone like Veronika Andrusenko, who won that 200 free, could be added to the team later for relay purposes.

The Russian Olympic roster now stands at 18 swimmers with three days of competition remaining.


Men Event(s) Women Event(s)
Ilya Borodin 400 IM Arina Surkova 100 butterfly
Maxim Stupin 400 IM Svetlana Chimrova 100 butterfly
Martin Malyutin 200/400 freestyle Anna Egorova 400 freestyle
Alexander Egorov 400 freestyle Anastasia Kirpichnikova 400/1500 freestyle
Kirill Prigoda 100 breaststroke Maria Kameneva 100 backstroke
Anton Chupkov 100 breaststroke Anastasia Fesikova 100 backstroke
Ivan Girev 200 freestyle Evgeniia Chikunova 100 breaststroke
Evgeny Rylov 100 backstroke Yuliya Efimova 100 breaststroke
Kliment Kolesnikov 100 backstroke
Alexander Kudashev 200 butterfly

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X Glide
2 months ago

Yeah Rylov and Kolesnikov are pretty weak backstrokers tbh

Reply to  X Glide
2 months ago

yeah… Poor rylov.. can only go for double gold and also 3 more gold medals on the men side relays if he swim prelims of the 4×200 and 4×100 free..

Reply to  X Glide
2 months ago

Mike is right.. Rylov just like won every major 200 back after Rio and also had the fastest time in the world after Rio.. but hey.. he is weak on back

2 months ago

Yeah, the WJR holder in the 400im is really weak in the IMs.

2 months ago

1:53 gets a bronze

Reply to  Khachaturian
2 months ago

There is a very good chance. I think the only event where 1:53 wasn’t enough for bronze was the 2008 olympics, where it took 1:52.97 to win bronze. At the 2012 olympics it took 1:53.21 to win bronze, at the 2016 olympics it took 1:53.62 to win bronze and at the last two worlds it took 1:54.15 (2019)/1:54.21 (2017) to win bronze. If the trend from the last two olympics and the last two worlds continues, 1:53 high/1:54 low might be enough for bronze.

Reply to  AnEn
2 months ago

I think you’re right, it makes sense when you look at the timetable of Bronze at the olympics but i think unlike 2016 there will be multiple 1.52’s or 1.53’s. I think that most of the world champs most of the swimmers that attend to olympics didn’t attend. So it might be on one tenths of a second race in 1.53’s if you ask me.

Reply to  Arnold
2 months ago

And btw any idea why Kliment didn’t attend to 200 back?

Reply to  Arnold
2 months ago

100 free.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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