2022 FINA SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Tuesday, December 13 to Sunday, December 18, 2022
- Melbourne Sports and Aquatics Centre, Melbourne, Australia
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Zaitsev touched in a time of 22.15, just ahead of Kharun’s 22.28. In the semi-finals of the event, the pair tied for 8th with a time of 22.28.
Both swimmers posted best times with their swims, and broke their respective national records in the event.
With his performance Zaitsev lowered his own Estonian National Record that he set during the semis, which he will have the chance to break in the event’s final.
Despite losing the swim-off, Kharun matched his own Canadian and World Junior Record in the event. This marks Kharun’s third time breaking or tying the World Junior Record in as many races, and his fourth time breaking the Canadian Record since the beginning of November. Prior to Kharun’s World Junior Record tear, that record stood at a 22.34 that Russian Andrei Minkanov set back in 2020. The previous Canadian Record was a 22.52 that was set by Josh Liendo at the 2021 edition of these Championships.
Notably, this meet marks Kharun’s first senior level international competition, along with his first time representing Canada at a major international competition. Kharun lives and trains in the US with the Sandpipers of Nevada. However, after being removed from the US Junior Pan Pacs roster due to issues with his citizenship status, it was revealed that he was born in Canada.