Olympic silver medalist Evgeny Korotyshkin won the men’s 100 butterfly in a time of 51.53, which is the fastest done so far this season. The time is only 27 one-hundredths of a second away from his own national record of 51.26 and is nine one-hundredths of a second away from the 53.44 it took him to tie Chad le Clos for the silver in London.
The race for second was a tight one between Nikolay Skvortsov and Nikita Konovalov. At the 50 only four one-hundredths of a second separated the two men and at the conclusion of the race there was only a one one-hundredth of a second gap with Skvortsov finishing in a time of 52.07 followed by Konovalov who posted a 53.08.
Both times would have been good enough for second in the world before the race began.
Another day another impressive swim by Vladimir Morozov. In his first event of the evening Morozov posted a 21.72 to qualify in the top spot for the final in the men’s 50 freestyle. The time ranks third in the world, but is only eight one-hundredths of a second away from Alexander Popov‘s national record of 21.64 which is the oldest Russian record having been set in 2000.
Morozov than went on to take the 50 breaststroke in a time of 27.69.
He was followed by Oleg Utekhin who finished second in a time of 27.95 and Kirill Strelnikov who posted a time of 27.97.
In the women’s 200 freestyle Veronika Popova got the better of Victoria Andreeva winning the event in a time of 1:57.41. Andreeva finished second posting a time of 1:58.54 followed by Elena Sokolvain who finished in a time of 1:59.88.
Both Popova and Adreeva were under the FINA A standard of 1:58.74.
200 backstroke Olympic silver medalist Anastasia Zueva won the 50 backstroke in a time of 28.50. She was followed by 14 year old Daria Ustinova who continued her assault on the Russian junior national record book posting a 28.69 which broke her own mark of 28.75.
Maria Gromova finished third in a time of 28.73.
Arkady Vyatchanin took the 200 backstroke in a time of 1:57.54 he was followed by Anton Anchin who posted a time of 1:59.09 with Dmitry Maltsev finishing third in a time of 2:00.81.
Vyatchanin was the only swimmer under the FINA A standard of 1:58.48.
The women’s 800 freestyle was an outstanding race between Anastasia Krapivina and Elizaveta Gorshkova, the winner of the 1500 freestyle. Gorshkova lead the race at the half way mark by nine tenths of a second, at the 600 meter mark Krapivina took over the lead by 15 one-hundredths of a second and held onto that lead to win the event in a time of 8:45.22. Gorshkova finished second in a time of 8:46.33.
Krapivina will be the only world championship qualifier winning the event under the FINA B standard of 8:52.33.
Two other Russian junior national records were broken during this evening’s events. In the men’s 50 freestyle 17 year old Evgeny Sedov set a new record posting a time of 22.38 while in the women’s 50 freestyle 16 year old Rozaliya Nasretdinova recorded a 25.46 to break the women’s mark.
Yuliya Efimova had the top time in the women’s 50 breaststroke semi-final posting a time of 30.67.
In the women’s 200 butterfly semi-final Yana Martynova recorded the fastest time of 2:12.78 while Svetlana Knyaginina posted the fastest time in the women’s 50 freestyle semi.