Denis Petrashov Lowers Kyrgyzstani 200 Breast Record At Russian Trials


Competing at the 2021 Russian Olympic Trials in Kazan, Kyrgyzstan’s Denis Petrashov lowered his National Record in the men’s 200 breaststroke on Tuesday night, clocking a time of 2:11.61.

The 21-year-old’s time improves on his previous mark of 2:11.65, set at the 2019 World Championships where he finished 24th overall.

Done during the event’s semi-finals, Petrashov’s swim qualifies him seventh into tomorrow’s final, with Russia allowing international swimmers to compete in the ‘A’ finals despite it being the country’s Olympic Trials.

A 2016 Olympian in Rio when he was just 16 years of age, Petrashov has already qualified for the 2021 Olympics by virtue of his national record-breaking 59.87 100 breast swim at the Uzbekistan Open Cup in November. That time snuck him under the FINA ‘A’ cut of 59.93, so he should get the chance to swim the 200 in Tokyo regardless of whether or not he hits the ‘A’ standard in that event (2:10.35).

Petrashov failed to advance to the final in the 50 and 100 breast events earlier in the meet, placing 13th in the 50 (28.00) and 15th in the 100 (1:01.09 – 1:00.94 in the heats). His lifetime best in the 50, also the Kyrgyzstani Record, sits at 27.90.

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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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