Anton Chupkov Posts 2:07.19 200 Breast At Russian Solidarity Games


The 2022 Russian Solidarity Games kicked off yesterday with the international meet taking place in Kazan through Monday, July 25th.

The Games are taking place to supplement the World Championships, which Russian and Belarusian athletes were banned from due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Right off the bat, we saw an impressive performance by multi-Olympic medalist Kliment Kolesnikov. Taking on the men’s 100m back, Kolesnikov fired off a time of 52.58 to score the only time under the 53-second mark.

Opening in 25.10 and closing in 27.48, Kolesnikov beat out teammates Pavel Samusenko and Nikolay Zuev who touched in times of 53.57 and 53.60 for silver and bronze, respectively.

Had Kolesnikov produced this time at the World Championships in Budapest, the 22-year-old would have placed 6th in the final.

He now sits 7th in the overall season world rankings in this event.

2021-2022 LCM Men 100 Back

51.60 WR
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Also competing was the reigning Olympic champion in the men’s 100 back, Evgeny Rylov, who was more than two and a half seconds off his winning time from the Tokyo Games in 54.55 to place fifth.

Rylov, 25, became a focal point of Russia’s ban from athletic competition worldwide after appearing at a pro-war rally in March, one where Russian President Vladimir Putin was present with him on stage.

In addition to being individually banned by FINA for a nine-month period, Rylov also lost his sponsorship with Speedo as a result of his appearance at the rally.

The men’s 200m breast was also a highlight of night 1, with 2 men getting into the 2:07 territory.

Getting to the wall first was former world record holder Anton ChupkovAlthough at one time Chupkov hinted at retirement, the 25-year-old showed no signs of slowing down, clocking a winning 2breast time of 2:07.19.

Chupkov’s outing was barely enough to keep countryman Kirill Prigoda at bay, with Prigoda touching just .26 behind in 2:07.25. Prigoda actually led the duo with a super quick 1:01.39 opener but Chupkov caught him on the back half to get the job done.

Chupkov and Prigoda would have placed 2nd and 3rd in Budapest with these results, with both sitting only behind current world record holder Zac Stubblety-Cook’s gold medal-garnering 2:07.07.

These Russian aces now also sit only behind ZSC’s world record of 2:05.95 in the season’s rankings.

2021-2022 LCM Men 200 Breast

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Nearly breaking into the top 10 performers in the world this season in the women’s 100m free was Maria Kameneva. The sprint ace posted a winning time of 53.48 here at these Solidarity Games, comprised of a 25.87 opener and a back half of 27.61.

Entering this competition Kameneva’s season-best at the 53.70 she produced in March. In fact, her time here checked in just .03 outside of her lifetime quickest of 53.45, a time she logged in the semi-finals of the women’s 100m free at the 2019 World Championships.

Additional Winners

  • 2019 World Championships silver medalist Oleg Kostin hit a near season-best in the men’s 50m fly. The 30-year-old captured the only sub-23 second time of the field in 22.78, only .05 away from the 22.72 he logged in April of this year.
  • Svetlana Chimrova took the women’s 200m fly on day 1, stopping the clock in a mark of 2:09.11. She had already produced a time of 2:08.80 this past April to remain among the top 25 performers in the world this season.
  • The women’s 50m breast saw 3 women get into the 30-second range, led by 17-year-old Elena Bogomolova. The teen hit 30.75 to defeat runners-up Nika Godun and Alina Zmushka who put up times of 30.94 and 30.96, respectively.
  • The men’s 400m free saw Aleksandr Egorov battle with Daniil Shatalov, with the pair ultimately separated by only .13. Egorov got it done for gold in 3:47.04 while Shatalov settled for silver in 3:47.17.
  • Visiting Belarusian swimmer Anastasiya Shkurdai topped the women’s 200m back field, snagging the gold in 2:09.38. That put her ahead of the field by 2 seconds.

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2 months ago

Is this a FINA sanctioned event?
Thinking of World ranking of times and Rylov is competing.

Reply to  Dan
2 months ago

It is not sanctioned per se, but FINA basically said “it doesn’t matter, he can swim anyway and his times will count for World Records and World Rankings.”

The suspension of Rylov was meaningless, just for show.

Vladdy Daddy
2 months ago

Do not poke the Russian bear! You will not like!

2 months ago

Who cares about Russia? Please, swimswam… let’s support Ukraine and ignore anything with russia…

Reply to  Tom
2 months ago

Que preconceito cara o povo em geral nem tem culpa não cada comentários besta

Reply to  Tom
2 months ago

russian swimmers dont have anything to do with what putin is doing 🤷‍♂️

2 months ago

That event should have been called “Putin’s Invasion to Murder Our Ukrainian Neighbors Propaganda Platform”. Media outlets should completely ignore it. Aren’t they jacked up on PEDs anyways?

eye guy
Reply to  Jessie
2 months ago

This comment is so ignorant. It’s like saying all Americans kill each other with guns and are morbidly obese

Boxall's Railing
2 months ago

Russia and politics/other comments here aside, I AM glad to see that Chupkov is still going. Felt like he wasn’t at his best at the Tokyo games, and too young to retire. So much fun to watch his incredible DPS, near even-split 200 breast.

2 months ago

Solidarity with Ukraine 🇺🇦

While I respect and value all the news the team at Swimswam work hard to bring us so promptly, I have to agree with ‘Old Fish’ below. This event was designed as and is nothing more than Russian pro-invasion proxy – A frankly vile spectacle. Shame on all those competing.

Reply to  Dee
2 months ago

Could not agree more. This is pure propaganda and should be emphasized here. I see that Shkurdai, who recently talked about going abroad to train, is competing. Shame on her.

Armstrong 100 back gold in Fukuoka
Reply to  ooo
2 months ago

Shame on whom? Belarusian people stood up against the dictatorship in 2019 but eventually failed. Nobody in the western community cared about that. Nobody showed solidarity with Belarusian people at that time, but now everyone sits there and blames them for not being brave enough to stand up? They did. Shkurdai and co lost a lot of funding for refusing to sign the letter in support of the president in 2019.

Reply to  Armstrong 100 back gold in Fukuoka
2 months ago

You are right and she did good back then. Why is she condoning the regime now? Does she still have plans to leave?

Armstrong 100 back gold in Fukuoka
Reply to  ooo
2 months ago

I don’t think she now receives any of those funding from their government. As a swimmer she has to find somewhere to compete, and it’s not easy to get a visa to countries like US at this point of time.
There is no evidence that this meet explicitly exhibits anything political. You can argue that it is an implicit propaganda, but if you look at things in this perspective, there are propaganda everywhere in our life. One of your retweets on Twitter could help the propaganda of some party without you being aware of it. Many social activities can be promotion of something. You have to admit there are such propaganda in every country that only people from other… Read more »

Reply to  Armstrong 100 back gold in Fukuoka
2 months ago

She, of course, is immensely talented and should continue swimming. I just wish she could find a way to dispense herself to participate in this kind of propaganda (I assume you understand there are levels in all things, if not there is not much one can do for you). I wish she could find a way to Lithuania or Turkey.

Reply to  Armstrong 100 back gold in Fukuoka
2 months ago

Cadê o a apoio na vdd é muito cara de pau mesmo puro moralismo barato.

Reply to  Dee
2 months ago

US athletes should have been banned from Wimbledon after the invasion of iraq just as Russian athletes were banned from Wimbledon after the invasion of ukraine

Last edited 2 months ago by Carlo
Reply to  Carlo
2 months ago

Stop making excuses for Russia.. go move there if you want.. blood on your hands

Reply to  Verram
2 months ago

Not making excuses for russia. The invasion is wrong.

The invasion of iraq was also wrong. I also never made excuses for the US.

The response by Wimbledon should have been consistent.

At least the French open, Australian open and US open are showing consistency.

Even the WTA fined Wimbledon.

Last edited 2 months ago by Carlo
eye guy
Reply to  Carlo
2 months ago

US athletes should have been banned from all sporting events across the globe the 10+ years they were invading, overthrowing the government, and occupying Iraq. It’s literally the same thing.

Or you know, neither the US atheles nor the Russian athletes should be penalized because they weren’t part of the decision making for either invasion. The geopolitical hypocrisy is somewhat sickening.

Reply to  Dee
2 months ago

Shut the front door… You know even less about politics than you do about swimming.

Reply to  Dee
2 months ago

“Shame on all those competing”. Are the Russians supposed to never compete again? That doesn’t seem like the solution.

2 months ago

Agreed. It’s their craft and livelihood. I get it.

2 months ago

Same as apartheid South-Africa. And then it was “only” discrimination, not indiscriminate killing.

Clown Show
2 months ago

Let’s drop some 🤡s in the chat for that girl who switched her sports representation from GB to Russia 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡

The unoriginal Tim
Reply to  Clown Show
2 months ago

Come on. She did it because the GB selectors are so biased. She couldn’t have know this would happen.

success leaves clues
Reply to  The unoriginal Tim
2 months ago

What a sad little person you are… She was not good enough – and still isn’t. Good thing the GB selectors don’t know what they’re doing with GB team breaking records everywhere since 2015, Moaners will always be moaners. Time to climb back under your rock..

Old Fish
2 months ago

The “business as normal” tenor of the coverage of these championships validates the russian position that there is nothing wrong with their invasion of Ukraine. I like everyone else am curious as to how the amazingly talented russian swim squads are doing. They are largely banned though from international competition for a reason. The coverage could more emphatically denounce the invasion or potentially should not be covered at all.

Reply to  Old Fish
2 months ago

American sports need to stand up to Russia for falsely imprisoning Brittney Griner.

Just a question
Reply to  anonymous
2 months ago

May I ask why do you think that she is falsely imprisoned? She did have a prohibited substance while crossing Russian border, didn’t she?

eye guy
Reply to  Just a question
2 months ago

Yeah she committed a serious crime in their country. If she wasn’t famous, this wouldn’t be news at all. If she would have smuggled the same substance across the US border 10-20 years ago, she would have been put in jail too.

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