Borodin, Shymanovich & Kameneva Post World-Leading Times On Day 5 of Russian Champs


  • November 20-25, 2022
  • Kazan, Russia
  • Short Course Meters (25 meters), prelims/finals + semi-finals for 50 & 100 meter races.
  • Results

It was another fast day of action on Thursday during the penultimate night of finals from the 2022 Russian Short Course Championships in Kazan, headlined by a European Record-tying performance from Maria Kameneva.

Kameneva won the women’s 50 backstroke in a time of 25.60, equalling the continental mark established by Kira Toussaint in November 2020. Toussaint would then tie the record (at the time the world record) one month later.

Kameneva, 23, also obliterated the Russian Record of 26.05 she set in the semi-finals. You can read more on the record swim here.

Daria Vaskina (26.79) was second in the women’s 50 back, while Aleksandra Kurilkina (26.89) set a new Russian Junior Record in third.

Prior to the 50 back record, Kameneva was the top qualifier in the women’s 50 free semis (23.65), within two-tenths of her national record (23.48).

Arina Surkova qualified second in 23.88, and would go on to advance first into the 100 fly final by nearly a second in 56.90.

There were a number of other blistering swims produced on the night, including two on the men’s side that rank inside the top-20 all-time.

In the 400 IM, European Record holder Ilya Borodin put up a time of 3:58.08, making him the first man sub-4:00 in the world this year.

Maksim Stupin was a distant runner-up in 4:05.56.

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Borodin’s performance is also the 16th-fastest in history, having set his personal best of 3:56.47 at last year’s SC World Championships, which ranks seventh all-time.

In the men’s 50 breaststroke semi-finals, former world record holder and Belarus native Ilya Shymanovich led the field in a time of 25.55, tying two of his prior performances for the 20th-fastest swim ever.

Shymanovich owns a lifetime best of 25.25, tying him for the second-fastest performer of all-time with South African Cameron van der Burgh.

Shymanovich takes over the top time in the world this year, while Russians Kirill Strelnikov (25.96) and Kirill Prigoda (25.98) also moved into the top six with their swims. Prigoda owns the National Record at 25.49.

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At the beginning of the session, Shymanovich delivered one of the fastest relay legs in history, splitting 25.14 on Belarus’ 200 medley relay. The team of Viktar Staselovich (23.89), Shymanovich, Grigori Pekarski (22.11) and Ruslan Skamaroshka (21.52) combined for a time of 1:32.66, six-tenths shy of the national record set in 2017.

Kliment Kolesnikov, fresh off of setting a new world record in the 50 back on Wednesday, dominated the semis of the men’s 100 free in 45.86, ranking him third in the world this season behind Kyle Chalmers (45.52) and Maxime Grousset (45.61).

Finishers second through 13th were in the 47-second range, led by Vladislav Grinev (47.25).


  • Margarita Ershova dropped 15 seconds in the women’s 1500 free, setting a new National Junior Record in 15:55.31. Her previous best was 16:10.89, set last November.
  • Yana Shakirova, who set a new Russian Junior mark in the 100 IM on Day 4, won the 200 IM in 2:09.66, dropping more than two seconds from her previous best.
  • Andrei Minakov dipped under his personal best time to win the men’s 50 fly, clocking 22.30 to improve on the 22.34 mark he established in December 2020. Belarus’ Pekarski was second in 22.46, just over a tenth shy of his National Record of 22.35 set at last year’s SC Worlds.
  • Breaststroke star Evgeniia Chikunova won the women’s 100 breast in a time of 1:03.53, knocking a sizeable margin off her previous best of 1:04.25 (she also went 1:04.26 in the semis). Nika Godun (1:03.71) placed second, and Alina Zmushka (1:04.33) was third. Zmushka set a new Belarusian Record of 1:04.07 in the semis. Chikunova and Godun now rank fourth and fifth in the world this season.
  • The Republic of Tatarstan won the women’s 4×200 free relay in 7:52.48, led by a 1:54.78 anchor from Valeriia Salamatina.

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6 months ago

Evgeniia Chikunova has just swum 2.14.70 in the 200 breaststroke final, only 13 hundredths of a second shy of 2009 Soni’s WR.

6 months ago

Inadmissible d’interdire aux nageurs Russes de participer aux compétitions internationales.
Stop aux boycottes des sportifs !

6 months ago

I am wondering whether these athletes are being ‘tested’ for any performance enhancement smarties?

Reply to  LUIGI
6 months ago

Is the NCAA testing their atheletes as well?

Reply to  Mclovin
6 months ago

The NCAA does test their athletes, though the testing program is not as strict as the World Anti-Doping Code.

6 months ago

So what’s their excuse they used for not being mobilised into Ukraine?

6 months ago

Why is Swim Swam even covering this meet when Ukrainians tonight have no electricity, heat, water or internet? Media blackout of Russian swimming is the right thing to do here Swim Swam.

Reply to  Hank
6 months ago

Unless something is truly promoting harmful or dangerous misinformation, there’s no reason for censorship or erasure (even then it’s hard to argue but that’s besides the point). Regardless of what’s happened, Russia exist, people live there, some of the people swim, and this is a website all about swimming.

This reminds me of a debate that happened in France in the midst of WW1. As Germany was the enemy, many called for German music to be banned. When the composer Maurice Ravel advocated against such a ban, those people then wanted his music banned as well.

Any discussion about Russia is not automatically an implicit endorsement of the regime, their propaganda, and their actions. Rather just as it… Read more »

Last edited 6 months ago by IM FAN
Reply to  IM FAN
6 months ago

I don’t think you get it. Russia has knocked out all power, heat, water and internet throughout the entirety of Ukraine in late November in frigid conditions. A death sentence for many civilians including women, children and the elderly. Meanwhile, Russians enjoy the luxury of competing in a swim meet, which requires power, heat, water and internet to exist?! What an absurdity. Really disappointed that SwimSwam covers this meet and doesn’t take a position.

Reply to  Hank
6 months ago

If you think SwimSwam hasn’t taken a position you must not really be a reader. They’ve written several editorials taking positions.

I never got the “pretend like it’s not happening” crowd. Isn’t that what Russia wants? Nobody to remind the world of what they’re doing in Ukraine?

Samuel Huntington
Reply to  Hank
6 months ago

Pleased to see SwimSwam cover this meet. Hank – not covering Russian swimming would do nothing to end the conflict.

Reply to  Samuel Huntington
6 months ago

Covering Russian swimming in the Western media tacitly legitimizes it even while they are banned from competing by FINA. Russian athletes can exist in a bubble while Ukrainians are fighting for their survival besides the fact of being unable to swim in their country due to Russia destroying their infrastructure and security.

Obese Legend
Reply to  Hank
6 months ago

I don’t know why ‘obejectly reporting what is happening in Russia’ means ‘not taking a position’. To take a position, you should know what’s happening first! Information censorship could lead you to be exactly like some brainwashed Russians if it goes too far.

Reply to  Hank
6 months ago

We understand It perfecto, the only one who speaks nosense is you

6 months ago

So now we know where Minakov is

Reply to  Breezeway
6 months ago

We’ve known for most of the fall that he had committed to this meet – he told Russian media many weeks ago that he would compete at this event.

Reply to  Braden Keith
6 months ago

Cool. I thought it was a Russian meet end of summer/early fall he committed to.

6 months ago

Some pretty impressive times. Presumably the swimmers know this is the only meet they’ll be swimming in the near future so have gone all in with resting for it.

Reply to  Sub13
6 months ago

A lot of swimming themes from these Champs and it’s clear that for Russian swimmers this is the main event of their SC season. For instance Ilya Borodin (who has the same coach of Kolesnikov) wasn’t satisfied by his 3.58.08 in the 400 IM: he aimed at his NR (3.56.47) or even Seto’s WR (3.54.81)
In the womens 1500 free impressive times considering also the swimmers’ age: beyond Ershova (born in 2005) NJR of 15.55.31, there is the 16.07.40 swum by Koziakina (2007) and the 16.17.43 swum by MIsharina (born in 2009). Another strong prospect is 14 year-old Sofia Diakova who swam 8.26.15 in the 800 free and 1.58.12 in the lead-off of the 4×200 free relay.
Also… Read more »

Demarrit Steenbergen
Reply to  nuotofan
6 months ago

2009 🫠

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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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