Blueseventy Swim of the Week: Kolesnikov, Again

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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

  1. Kliment Kolesnikov (2017), 48.90
  2. Matt Grevers (2015), 48.92
  3. Nick Thoman (2010), 48.94
  4. Stanislav Donets (2010), 48.95
  5. 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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IM FAN

Thomans 48.94 is from 2009, to lead of the 2009 U.S duel in the pool relay. After that I beilieve he went 48.92 in the individual, but went beyond on 15 meters on the start.

Hank

? wow! Insane

bobo gigi

Let’s see what he has in store in long course next year. I presume he will swim backstroke events in individual and the 3 relays at European championships.

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