Anastasiia Kirpichnikova Posts 15:50.22 1500 Freestyle For 5th In Prelims

2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES

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.

Splits Comparison

Tokyo 2020 2020 French Open
50m 29.50 29.50 29.43 29.43
100m 31.46 1:00.96 31.18 1:00.61
150m 31.65 1:32.61 31.86 1:32.47
200m 31.61 2:04.22 31.79 2:04.26
250m 31.74 2:35.96 32.13 2:36.39
300m 31.66 3:07.62 31.95 3:08.34
350m 31.71 3:39.33 32.15 3:40.49
400m 31.77 4:11.10 32.08 4:12.57
450m 31.63 4:42.73 32.20 4:44.77
500m 31.73 5:14.46 32.02 5:16.79
550m 31.64 5:46.10 32.15 5:48.94
600m 31.84 6:17.94 31.96 6:20.90
650m 31.57 6:49.51 32.05 6:52.95
700m 31.65 7:21.16 31.92 7:24.87
750m 31.66 7:52.82 31.92 7:56.79
800m 31.88 8:24.70 31.91 8:28.70
850m 31.71 8:56.41 31.93 9:00.63
900m 31.66 9:28.07 31.71 9:32.34
950m 31.69 9:59.76 31.93 10:04.27
1000m 31.81 10:31.57 31.89 10:36.16
1050m 31.78 11:03.35 31.95 11:08.11
1100m 31.83 11:35.18 31.72 11:39.83
1150m 31.96 12:07.14 31.99 12:11.82
1200m 31.88 12:39.02 31.61 12:43.43
1250m 31.95 13:10.97 31.93 13:15.36
1300m 31.97 13:42.94 31.64 13:47.00
1350m 32.14 14:15.08 32.04 14:19.04
1400m 32.05 14:47.13 31.57 14:50.61
1450m 32.15 15:19.28 32.04 15:22.65
1500m 30.94 15:50.22 30.53 15:53.18

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.

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Bobo Gigi
2 months ago

One of the few Russians in good shape so far. Looks like many have peaked at Euros in May. Weird.

anty75
Reply to  Bobo Gigi
2 months ago

Most peaked for their Trials in April, Euros were already worse results-wise)