2023 RUSSIAN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- April 16-21, 2023
- Kazan, Russia
- LCM (50 meters)
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Some of the fastest swims in history were produced on Day 4 of the 2023 Russian Swimming Championships in Kazan, with two National Records falling and four swimmers putting up the top time in the world this year.
Oleg Kostin and Arina Surkova set new Russian Records in the 50 butterfly, Evgeniia Chikunova became the eighth woman sub-1:05 in the 100 breaststroke, and Kliment Kolesnikov doubled up with victories in the men’s 50 free and 50 back. Additionally, Kirill Prigoda took over the world’s top spot in the men’s 200 breast.
KOSTIN CLIPS RUSSIAN RECORD, MOVES TO #5 ALL-TIME
Kostin set a new National Record in the 50 fly after being disqualified in the prelims.
The 30-year-old was one of five swimmers to contest a 50 fly time trial at the conclusion of the evening session, firing off a time of 22.62 to lower the Russian Record of 22.70 he set en route to winning silver at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju.
Previously tied at #6 in the all-time rankings, Kostin moves up to fifth, overtaking Serbian Milorad Cavic.
All-Time Rankings, Men’s 50 Butterfly (LCM)
- Andrii Govorov (UKR), 22.27 – 2018 Sette Colli Trophy
- Caeleb Dressel (USA), 22.35 – 2019 World Championships
- Rafael Munoz (ESP), 22.43 – 2009 World Championships
- Nicholas Santos (BRA), 22.60 – 2019 FINA Champions Series
- Oleg Kostin (RUS), 22.62 – 2023 Russian Championships
- Milorad Cavic (SRB), 22.67 – 2009 World Championships
- Henrique Martins (BRA), 22.70 – 2017 BRA Super Cup
- Matt Targett (AUS), 22.73 – 2009 World Championships
- Ben Proud (GBR), 22.75 – 2017 World Championships
- Cesar Cielo (BRA), 22.76 – 2012 Maria Lenk Trophy
Kostin also moves into #1 in the world this year by nearly three-tenths.
Earlier in the session, in the 50 fly semi-finals, Roman Shevlyakov paced the field in a time of 23.07, undercutting his previous best of 23.20 to sit fifth in the world rankings.
The 24-year-old was followed by Egor Yurchenko (23.19) and Mikhail Vekovishchev (23.33), while 100 fly winner Petr Zhikharev (23.42) qualified fourth and Andrei Minakov (23.43) sits in a tie for fifth entering tomorrow’s final.
2022-2023 LCM Men 50 Fly
SURKOVA RE-LOWERS 50 FLY NATIONAL RECORD
Surkova reset the National Record in the women’s 50 fly for the second time in as many days, taking down the mark of 25.59 she established in the semis by clocking 25.30 in Wednesday’s final.
The 24-year-old came into the meet owning the record at 25.61, set at the 2022 Russian Championships. She maintains her place as the #2 performer in the world this year, trailing world record holder Sarah Sjostrom, and moves into ninth in the all-time rankings.
All-Time Performers, Women’s 50 Butterfly (LCM)
- Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 24.43 – 2014 Swedish Nationals
- Therese Alshammar (SWE), 25.07 – 2009 World Championships
- Rikako Ikee (JPN), 25.11 – 2018 Mare Nostrum – Canet
- Melanie Henique (FRA), 25.17 – 2021 French Nationals
- Francesca Halsall (GBR), 25.20 – 2014 Commonwealth Games
- Jeanette Ottesen (DEN) / Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED), 25.24 – 2013 World Championships / 2021 Dutch Test Event
- Marleen Veldhuis (NED), 25.28 – 2009 World Championships
- Arina Surkova (RUS), 25.30 – 2023 Russian Championships
- Holly Barratt (AUS), 25.31 – 2019 FINA World Cup – Singapore
2022-2023 LCM Women 50 Fly
Anita Grischenko was the runner-up to Surkova in a time of 26.01, lowering her previous best of 26.19 set last year.
CHIKUNOVA ENTERS SUB-1:05 CLUB IN 100 BREAST
After taking over the top spot in the world rankings in the semis, Evgeniia Chikunova entered rarefied air in the final of the women’s 100 breast, becoming just the eighth woman to break the 1:05 barrier in 1:04.92.
The 18-year-old, who came into the meet with a PB of 1:05.90 from the Tokyo Olympics and then went 1:05.67 in the semis, now ranks seventh on the all-time performers’ list, moving past reigning Olympic champion Lydia Jacoby (1:04.95) in the process.
Chikunova’s swim is also the fastest we’ve seen since the Tokyo Olympics—Japan’s Reona Aoki led the 2022 world rankings at 1:05.19.
Now leading the 2022-23 world rankings by nearly eight-tenths of a second, Chikunova is still more than half a second shy of the Russian Record, set by Yuliya Efimova (1:04.36) at the 2017 World Championships.
All-Time Performers, Women’s 100 Breaststroke (LCM)
- Lilly King (USA), 1:04.13 – 2017 World Championships
- Ruta Meilutyte (LTU), 1:04.35 – 2013 World Championships
- Yuliya Efimova (RUS), 1:04.36 – 2017 World Championships
- Jessica Hardy (USA), 1:04.45 – 2009 U.S. Open
- Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA), 1:04.82 – 2021 Tokyo Olympics
- Rebecca Soni (USA), 1:04.84 – 2009 World Championships
- Evgeniia Chikunova (RUS), 1:04.92 – 2023 Russian Championships
- Lydia Jacoby (USA), 1:04.95 – 2021 Tokyo Olympics
- Katie Meili (USA), 1:05.03 – 2017 World Championships
- Leisel Jones (AUS), 1:05.09 – 2006 Commonwealth Games
2022-2023 LCM Women 100 Breast
Tatiana Belonogoff was a distant runner-up to Chikunova in 1:06.84, just over three-tenths back of her 1:06.51 PB set last year.
KOLESNIKOV FIRES OFF 24.12 50 BACK, 21.91 50 FREE IN DOUBLE
Kolesnikov recorded the 14th-fastest (tied for) swim ever to win the men’s 50 back, clocking 24.12 to take over the top spot in the world rankings.
Kolesnikov, who came into the night ranked second in the world after going 24.42 in the semis, moves past American Hunter Armstrong for the top spot.
Pavel Samusenko reset his personal best time in 24.28 to move into the #2 slot, and also now sits 11th all-time.
2022-2023 LCM Men 50 Back
Now the owner of seven of the 20 fastest swims ever in the 50 back, Kolesnikov followed up by winning the 50 free less than 80 minutes later in a time of 21.91, a new season-best that moves him to 10th in the world this season.
Kolesnikov has now broken 22 seconds on six occasions, with his fastest coming at 21.69 last year.
Placing second in the 50 free was Vladislav Grinev, who clocked 22.16 to fall just .03 shy of his 2019 PB.
PRIGODA MOVES TO WORLD #1 IN 200 BREAST
After breaking 59 seconds in the 100 breast for the first time earlier in the meet, Kirill Prigoda continued his run of good form by taking over the top spot in the world rankings in the 200 breast, producing a time of 2:07.47 in Wednesday’s final.
The 27-year-old veteran narrowly misses his lifetime best of 2:07.25, set last July, and overtakes China’s Qin Haiyang for the fastest time in the world this season.
This is Prigoda’s third swim sub-2:08, having also clocked 2:07.85 in October 2020.
2022-2023 LCM Men 200 Breast
Daniil Semyaninov (2:09.82) edged out Mikhail Dorinov (2:10.12) to place second.
- Maria Kameneva qualified first into the final of the women’s 100 back, logging a time of 59.78 in the semis to rank 12th in the world this year. Kameneva owns a personal best time of 59.10 set in April 2021. Belarusian Anastasiya Shkurdai (1:00.14) sits second, while youngster Eggi Vlada was third in a PB of 1:00.61.
- 2008-born Sofia Dyakova set a Russian Age Record to win the women’s 400 free in a time of 4:07.17, edging out veteran Anna Egorova (4:07.41). Dyakova breaks the previous mark of 4:08.81 set by Arina Openysheva in 2015.
- After winning the 400 IM on Day 1, Anna Chernysheva completed the medley double by claiming the women’s 200 IM in a time of 2:13.20, resetting her previous best (2:14.15) to out-touch Anastasia Sorokina (2:13.27).
Can olympia pope catch up with chikunova?
The problem is Russia has proven to be a country who cheats to get what they want and sports has been no exception. I’d love to think these athletes want to win on their own merit but the Russians historically know no limits. Bad situation all-around. At this point, these results can only be taken with a grain of salt. It’s too bad we can’t celebrate these times without some type of suspicion.
On a different note, Sjostrom’s dominance in the 50 fly never ceases to amaze me. It feels the same as Ledecky in the 800 free.
Yeah it’s just another level. 24.4 and 8:04 sit alongside 2:05.96 and 8:16
Let them swim!
They are swimming in Russia.
The swimming pool in Kazan, Russia, is the same pool where the 2015 FINA World Championships were held. So if all those times posted in 2015 are legitimate, then all the times being posted in 2023 are legitimate. The pool length didn’t shrink. Sorry to ruin that conspiracy theory. You should try to find out what water is being used. It must be mixed with performance enhancers. That’s the only theory that’s currently missing from the SwmSwam-afarians. Or maybe, just maybe, the swimmers are posting the times you’re reading because this is their World Championships, their Olympics. Isn’t the goal of all world-class athletes to perform at their best when the stakes are highest?
oh awesome. Jacoby and King will smoke her. Bring it on, Russia.
King’s 104 times are in the past. Jacoby if she ever gets used to LCM she will go 104 low.
King swimming 104 is a thing of the past. Jacoby is another story. If she gets used to swimming LCM she can easily be 104 low
she was 1:05.9 at the Olympics 2 years ago, presumably where there would be a lot of drug testing. Dropping a second in 2 years is not exactly something that couldn’t happen legitimately
Still only 18, feel like I have heard about her swims for the last 4-5 years
I wish Yuliya was still swimming