Kliment Kolesnikov

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Kliment Kolesnikov is a Russian backstroke specialist and is leading the way as the next generation of Russian swimming. He holds the World Junior records in the 50, 100 and 200 meter backstroke.

International Career

Kolesnikov earned his first international call up for Russia in 2016 at the European Junior Championships and he made a grand entrance. He broke the World Junior record in both the 50 and 100 meter backstroke en route to the gold medals. He posted a 24.94 in the 50 and 53.65 in the 100. He also picked up silvers in the 400 meter mixed and mens medley relays and finished fourth in the 200 meter backstroke.

A year later at the same meet he won gold in the 50 and 200 meter backstroke, earned a silver in the 100 meter backstroke and the two medley relays and a bronze in 400 meter freestyle relay.

2017 World Championships

Kolesnikov qualified for his first senior international meet by breaking the World Junior Record in the 200 meter backstroke at the Russian Championships. He posted a 1:55.49 to break the previous record by well over one second.

In Budapest Kolesnikov made a statement by finishing fourth in the 200 meter backstroke just a few weeks after his 17th birthday. He set a new Junior World Record in the semi-final to lower his best to 1:55.15. In the final he lowered it even further to 1:55.14 and was just 0.08 away from the bronze medal.

2017 SCM European Championships

Kolesnikov had a strong meet in Copenhagen, Denmark. On the first day, he finished first in the 200 backstroke with a new World Junior and Competition Record of 1:48.02. He followed up his win a couple days later when the 17-year-old touched the wall first in the 100 backstroke with the time of 48.99. He missed the World Record by 0.07 seconds.

On the last day, Kolesnikov was the clear favorite for the 50 backstroke final after two dominating swims in the prelims and semi-finals. He broke the World Junior Record but lost the title to Italy’s Simone Sabbioni by 0.02 seconds. Later in the session, Kolesnikov dropped a 22.83 to better his own WJR in the 4×50 medley relay.

2018 European Championships

Kolesnikov’s backstroke siege continued in Glasgow, as he went 2-for-2 in the sprint backstrokes. In the 50, he made it through to the finals, where he then broke a nearly decade-old world record, touching the wall at 24.00. In the 100, he broke a world junior record in finals, touching at 52.53 for his 2nd gold of the meet. In the 200 back, ,he was the 3rd fastest Russian out of prelims, and therefore did not move onto the semis.

In addition to his individual races, Kliment took home 4 relay medals, including gold in the 4×100 free relay (anchoring in a team best 47.39), silver in the 4×100 medley relay (52.77 backstroke), bronze in the mixed 4×100 free relay, and silver in the mixed 4×100 medley relay.

2018 Youth Olympic Games

Kolesnikov continued his stellar year at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, where he won a whopping 7 medals, 6 of which were gold. He made a clean sweep of the 50-100-200 backstroke and helped Russia to golds in the 4×100 free, 4×100 medley, and mixed 4×100 free relays, as well as silver in the mixed 4×100 medley relay.

2018 Short Course World Championships

Kolesnikov capped off 2018 with another international 7 medal performance, this time in Hangzhou. He was crowned 100 IM world champion as well as in the men’s 4×50 medley relay, where he led off in 22.77, a world junior record. He also won relay medals as part of the 4×50 and 4×100 free relays (silver in both), 4×100 medley relay (silver), and the mixed 4×50 medley relay (bronze). He touched for another bronze individually in the 100 backstroke.

2018 World Male Swimmer of the Year

Kliment Kolesnikov wrapped up the 2018 season by earning Swammy Awards for not only the World Junior Swimmer of the Year and European Swimmer of the Year awards, but the overall World Male Swimmer of the Year honor as well.

International Medals

Place Event Year Meet
Gold 100 I.M. 2018 Short Course World Championships
Gold 200 Medley Relay 2018 Short Course World Championships
Silver 200 Freestyle Relay 2018 Short Course World Championships
Silver 400 Freestyle Relay 2018 Short Course World Championships
Silver 400 Medley Relay 2018 Short Course World Championships
Bronze 100 Back 2018 Short Course World Championships
Bronze 200 Mixed Medley Relay 2018 Short Course World Championships
Gold 50 Back 2018 European Championships
Gold 100 Back 2018 European Championships
Gold 400 Freestyle Relay 2018 European Championships
Silver 400 Medley Relay 2018 European Championships
Silver 400 Mixed Medley Relay 2018 European Championships
Bronze 400 Mixed Free Relay 2018 European Championships

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
lcm 100 Free 48.04 10/09/18 2018 Youth Olympics
Buenos Aires, Argentina
lcm 50 Back 24.00 08/04/18 2018 European Championships
Glasgow, Scotland
lcm 100 Back 52.53 08/06/18 2018 European Championships
Glasgow, Scotland
lcm 200 Back 1:55.14 07/28/17 2017 World Championships
Budapest, Hungary
scm 50 Free 21.24 12/13/17 2017 European Short Course Championships
Copenhagen, Denmark
scm 100 Free 46.43 11/12/18 2018 Russian Short Course Championships
Kazan, Russia
scm 200 Free 1:41.75 12/23/17 2017 Vladimir Salnikov Cup
Saint Petersburg, Russia
scm 50 Back 22.77 12/14/18 2018 Short Course World Championships
Hangzhou, China
scm 100 Back 48.90 12/22/17 2017 Vladimir Salnikov Cup
Saint Petersburg, Russia
scm 200 Back 1:48.02 12/14/17 2017 European Short Course Championships
Copenhagen, Denmark
scm 100 IM 50.63 12/14/18 2018 Short Course World Championships
Hangzhou, China
Kliment Kolesnikov 2017 World Championships Budapest, Hungary (photo: Mike Lewis) Podium KOLESNIKOV Kliment RUS Gold Medal MARTIN Daniel-Cristian ROU Silver Medal MITYUKOV Roman SUI Bronze Medal 200 Backstroke Men Finals LEN 45th European Junior Swimming Championships Helsinki, Finland MŠkelŠnrinne Swimming Centre Day04 07-07-2018 Photo Andrea Masini/Deepbluemedia/Insidefoto KOLESNIKOV Kliment RUS Gold Medal and New World Junior Record 100m Backstroke Men Finals Glasgow 06/08/18 Swimming Tollcross International Swimming Centre LEN European Aquatics Championships 2018 European Championships 2018 Photo Andrea Masini/ Deepbluemedia/Insidefoto KOLESNIKOV Kliment RUS Gold Medal 200m Men Backstroke Final Copenhagen 13-12-2017 Royal Arena LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships - Campionati Europei nuoto vasca corta Foto © Giorgio Scala / Deepbluemedia Kliment Kolesnikov - World Record 50 back European Championship 2018 - Glasgow - courtesy of Giusy Cisale swimswam.com Kliment Kolesnikov-2018 European Championship Glasgow - courtesy of Giusy Cisale swimswam.com Kliment Kolesnikov-2018 European Championship Glasgow - courtesy of Giusy Cisale swimswam.com

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