Disclaimer: BlueSeventy Swim of the Week is not meant to be a conclusive selection of the best overall swim of the week, but rather one Featured Swim to be explored in deeper detail. The BlueSeventy Swim is an opportunity to take a closer look at the context of one of the many fast swims this week, perhaps a swim that slipped through the cracks as others grabbed the headlines, or a race we didn’t get to examine as closely in the flood of weekly meets.
In an unprecedented showing, red-hot Russian backstroker Kliment Kolesnikov takes his second consecutive Swim of the Week.
Kolesnikov took this spotlight last week for his 48.99 in the short course meter 100 back, a time that won the Short Course European title and ranked 5th on the all-time list. So it’s only fitting that he wins this award again after finally breaking the record last week.
Kolesnikov went 48.90 at the Salnikov Cup, dropping less than a tenth of a second but rocketing up four spots on the all-time list. Kolesnikov’s swim also broke the World Junior Record, the Russian record and the European record.
Top 100 SCM Backstrokes, All-Time
- Kliment Kolesnikov (2017), 48.90
- Matt Grevers (2015), 48.92
- Nick Thoman (2010), 48.94
- Stanislav Donets (2010), 48.95
- Arkady Vyatchanin (2009), 48.97
It’s been a banner month for Kolesnikov, who also took home our Swammy for International Male Junior of the Year.
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