FINA Ratifies Kolesnikov’s (Former) WR, Numerous World Junior Records

FINA, the international governing body for aquatic sports, has recently ratified a number of records broken over the last 12 months, headlined by one former world record and several World Junior Records that no longer have an asterisk attached to them.

Records set at the 2021 World Short Course Championships, European LC Championships and European SC Championships that were pending confirmation were given the green light, including Kliment Kolesnikov‘s previous world record swims in the men’s 50 backstroke (LCM).

Kolesnikov became the first swimmer to break 24 seconds in the event at the European Championships last May, clocking 23.93 in the semi-finals before blasting his way to a time of 23.80 in the final.

While those swims only earn official confirmation as of now, their place as the existing world record is no more as American Hunter Armstrong rocketed his way to a time of 23.71 less than two weeks at the U.S. Trials in Greensboro.

Records were also ratified from the 2021 European Junior Championships, Italian SC Championships and the International Swimming League (ISL) season.

Newly Ratified World Junior Records

  • Men’s 100 free (LCM)David Popovici (ROU), 47.30 – 2021 European Juniors
  • Men’s 100 free (LCM)David Popovici (ROU), 47.56 – 2021 European Juniors
  • Men’s 200 IM (LCM) – Hubert Kos (HUN), 1:56.99 – 2021 European Championships
  • Men’s 400 IM (LCM)Ilya Borodin (RUS), 4:10.02 – 2021 European Championships
  • Men’s 50 Breast (SCM)Simone Cerasuolo, 25.85 – 2021 Italian SC Championships
  • Men’s 100 Breast (SCM)Simone Cerasuolo, 56.66 – 2021 Italian SC Championships
  • Men’s 400 IM (SCM)Ilya Borodin (RUS), 3:56.47 – 2021 SC World Championships
  • Men’s 400 IM (SCM)Ilya Borodin (RUS), 3:58.83 – 2021 European SC Championships
  • Women’s 200 Breast (SCM)Evgeniia Chikunova (RUS), 2:16.88 – 2021 European SC Championships
  • Women’s 200 Breast (SCM)Evgeniia Chikunova (RUS), 2:17.57 – 2021 ISL Naples
  • Women’s 50 Butterfly (SCM) Claire Curzan (USA), 24.55 – 2021 SC World Championships

In the summer of 2019, FINA said it would not ratify records unless they were in compliance with FINA rules, which include seeking approval six months prior to competition and the presence of drug testers to collect samples from any record breakers.

While the world junior records in particular have generally taken long periods of time before being ratified, some of these swims also end up occurring at a competition where drug testers are absent, meaning they’ll never get FINA ratificaiton. A recent example of this would be the 4:29.12 400 IM (LCM) swim from Canada’s Summer McIntosh.

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Teddy
1 month ago

Guess someone at FINA was scrolling through old emails, panicked, then finished these by the end of the day

Horninco
1 month ago

FINA operates with less efficiency than the NCAA, somehow

Gesundheit
1 month ago

This is actually funny how late it is. Its pretty impressive that they waited so long that the record was broken.

Sub13
1 month ago

Honestly just read the Wikipedia page. It’s accurate and has all the official WJRs as well as the actual fastest times.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_junior_world_records_in_swimming

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

Dunno if I’d trust those all the time.

For a few months a couple years ago, Dean Farris held a bunch of WRs according to Wikipedia.

(I did NOT make the edits.)

Olympian
1 month ago

Damn this guy looks soft!! Comparing him to the likes of Dressel and Murphy, Kolesnikov doesn’t even look like an athlete… blows my mind!

Jamesabc
Reply to  Olympian
1 month ago

Athletes come in different shapes and sizes. Cate Campbell and Emma McKeon are two of the fastest sprinters of all time and have completely different body shapes.Kyle swam his WR last year when he was 6kg heavier than he was in Tokyo, and the vast majority of that was almost certainly fat given the timeline. A six pack doesn’t necessarily mean faster swimming.

Olympian
Reply to  Jamesabc
1 month ago

Nice speech. He still looks soft to me unfortunately

Jamesabc
Reply to  Olympian
1 month ago

That’s fine. I’m sure he probably doesn’t care. Care to show us your body to comment on?

Armstrong 100 back gold in Fukuoka
Reply to  Olympian
1 month ago

Duncan Scott enters the chat.

NornIron Swim
Reply to  Olympian
1 month ago

Marco Koch has entered the chat.

Swimmerfromjapananduk
Reply to  Olympian
1 month ago

Compare Murphy to Ben proud, Murphy doesn’t look like an athlete.

Your comment is dumb

olivy
Reply to  Olympian
1 month ago

Murphy is one of the most bulky backstrokers. Why compare others to him? There are many tiny backstrokers like Irie, Xu and Rylov. Ceccon is tall but not very muscular as well.

Swammer
Reply to  Olympian
1 month ago

This is one of the things I love the most about swimming. There are guys like Dressel and Flo Manaudou who perfectly fit the stereotype, then we have guys who like Jack Conger and KK who look like normal tall dudes

oxyswim
1 month ago

Honestly no point to the FINA junior WR list. Just scrap them. Not including historical swims, many of which were senior WRs at the time meant this list was always bunk.

CACrushers
Reply to  oxyswim
1 month ago

Pretty nuts that the Thorpedo was a cool four seconds quicker than the official WJR in the 400 free. Or that the swim of a 15 year old Ian Thorpe from 24 years ago would have won the 2022 US Intentional Team Trials.

Jamesabc
Reply to  CACrushers
1 month ago

His swim at 16, less than a year later in 1999 would have won gold in Tokyo as well

Wanna Sprite?
1 month ago

Are they gonna ratify curzan’s lc 50 free jr record

Mike
Reply to  Wanna Sprite?
1 month ago

Gotta wait another year ☠️

Troyy
Reply to  Mike
1 month ago

It’s not pending on FINA website so likely has been rejected. Curzan’s 50 free and 100 fly PBs were probably rejected for lack of drug testing.

KeithM
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

True but her 56.43 swim was done at Olympic trials last summer. Did they submit the paperwork?

Dan
Reply to  KeithM
1 month ago

Good question

Troyy
Reply to  KeithM
1 month ago

It’s pending on FINA website so in a year or so 🙄 it’ll probably be ratified.

KeithM
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

I wouldn’t be surprised if McIntosh swims a half dozen swims quicker before her pending record time is ratified by FINA.

Dan
Reply to  Wanna Sprite?
1 month ago

Depends on if all the paperwork was filled out and if she was drug tested after the race then maybe?

Splash
1 month ago

I wonder when they will ratify world records from SC worlds

Dan
Reply to  Splash
1 month ago

This article lists 2 WJR for that meet being ratified, so hopefully, the rest will be as well.

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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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