2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES
- When: Pool swimming: Saturday, July 24 – Sunday, August 1, 2021
- Open Water swimming: Wednesday, August 4 – Thursday, August 5, 2021
- Where: Olympic Aquatics Centre / Tokyo, Japan
- Heats: 7 PM / Semifinals & Finals: 10:30 AM (Local time)
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Russian swimmer Anastasiia Kirpichnikova has swum a new national record in the women’s 1500 freestyle with a 15:50.22 during prelims at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The swim for Kirpichnikova is an improvement upon her own former record of 15:53.18 which she swam earlier in the season at the 2020 French Open.
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When she set the record in December 2020, Kirprichinikova became the first Russian woman to ever crack 16 minutes in the 1500 free. She lowered the mark by a significant margin as she beat Regina Sych‘s former record of 16:13.13. That time by Sych stood for more than a decade, having been set back in 2003.
Kirprichinikova has now been under 16 minutes a total of 3 times in her career, having hit a 15:58.98 to take gold in April 2021 at Russian Nationals. There, she was a full 40 seconds ahead of the second place finisher Aleksandra Khailova who was a 16:38.77.
Internationally, Kirprichinikova has represented Russia a number of times including back in 2015 at the World Junior Swimming Championships where she hit a 16:49.97 for 11th place overall. 2 years later she returned to World Juniors with a 16:22.96, advancing to 5th place overall. At the 2019 World Championships, she repped Russia again, hitting a 16:27.59 for 15th place. Most recently she raced at the 2021 European Championships in Budapest and notched a 16:01.06 for the silver medal, trailing Simona Quadarella‘s 15:53.59.
Kirprichinikova swam her national record at the Olympic Games alongside Quadarella of Italy who posted a 15:47.34 to place 2nd in heat 4 while Erica Sullivan swam a 15:46.67 for 1st. Kirprichinikova will advance into the 1500 free final in 5th place behind Sullivan’s 15:46.67, Quadarella’s 15:47.34, Katie Ledecky‘s top time and Olympic record of 15:35.35, and Wang Jianjiahe‘s 15:41.49 Asian record for the #2 spot.