2021 RUSSIAN NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- April 3-9, 2021
- Palace of Water Sports, Kazan, Russia
- Prelims: 9:00 am local/2:00 am Eastern, Finals: 6:00 pm local/11:00 am Eastern
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Andrey Zhilkin delivered the swim of his career when it mattered most, qualifying for his first Olympic team in the men’s 200 IM by lowering the Russian National Record in a time of 1:57.50.
Racing head-to-head with Ilya Borodin, the holder of what is now the former record of 1:58.00, Zhilkin dominated from start to finish, opening up over a second lead on Borodin on fly before widening the gap the rest of the way.
Zhilkin’s fly is the main difference-maker compared to Borodin’s previous record swim as well.
|Borodin, 2020||Zhilkin, 2021|
|55.78 (29.83)||54.74 (29.74)|
|1:29.48 (33.70)||1:29.01 (34.27)|
|1:58.00 (28.52)||1:57.50 (28.49)|
Zhilkin, 26, had set his previous best time at the 2019 World Championships, having gone 1:58.16 in the semis to narrowly miss the final in ninth.
He now sits in a tie for fourth in the world this season, matching Jeremy Desplanches‘ time from last month.
Borodin placed second in 1:59.35, getting under the FINA ‘A’ cut to add a second individual event in Tokyo after winning the 400 IM on the opening day of competition.