Alina Zmushka Lowers Own Belarusian 100 Breast Record In Kazan

2021 RUSSIAN NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Alina Zmushka broke her own Belarusian National Record in the women’s 100 breaststroke while competing at the Russian National Championships in Kazan on Sunday, clocking 1:07.37 in the event’s preliminary round.

Zmushka’s swim lowered her previous mark of 1:07.51, originally set at the Tokyo stop of the 2019 FINA World Cup, and then matched at the 2020 Belarus Championships last summer.

The 24-year-old is among several athletes from surrounding nations that are able to compete at the Russian Olympic Trials, a list that also includes reigning men’s 200 breast Olympic gold medalist Dmitriy Balandin of Kazakhstan.

Zmushka’s record swim qualified her first out of the heats on Sunday morning, and she followed up with swims of 1:07.76 and 1:07.47 in the semi-finals and final, respectively, ultimately placing sixth overall.

Zmushka’s swim remains three-tenths outside of the FINA ‘A’ cut in the 100 breast (1:07.07), but she’ll have another chance to hit the standard later in the meet in the 200 breast. In that event, the 2019 World Championship participant owns the National Record of 2:25.93, done this past February, with the FINA ‘A’ cut sitting at 2:25.52.

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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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