Andrey Zhilkin Cracks Russian Record With 1:57.50 200 IM

2021 RUSSIAN NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

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.

Split Comparison

Borodin, 2020 Zhilkin, 2021
25.95 25.00
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.

2020-2021 LCM Men 200 IM

WangCHN
Shun
07/01
1:55.00
2Michael
Andrew
USA1:55.2606/17
3Duncan
Scott
GBR1:55.2807/30
4Jeremy
Desplanches
SUI1:56.1705/19
5Daiya
Seto
JPN1:56.2207/30
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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.

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Khachaturian
7 months ago

200 im is shaping up to be a very close event.

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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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