Four Men Earn First Olympic Berth On Opening Day of Russian Trials


Four male swimmers put their name on Russia’s 2021 Olympic team on the opening day of their national trials in Kazan, with all four being first-time Olympians.

The first qualifying event of the meet was the men’s 400 IM, where 18-year-old Ilya Borodin reset both his National and World Junior Records in a time of 4:11.17 to earn a spot on the team.

Borodin, the 2019 World Junior Championship silver medalist in the event, now ranks second in the world this season.

Placing second in the event was 20-year-old Maxim Stupin, who took a second off his best time in 4:14.20 to easily clear the FINA ‘A’ cut of 4:15.84 and earn his first Olympic berth.

The next Olympic qualifying event came in the men’s 400 free, where Martin Malyutin produced a massive negative-split to run down Alexander Egorov and win the event in 3:45.92, with Egorov the runner-up in 3:46.17. Both set new best times to get well under the ‘A’ cut of 3:46.78.

Aleksandr Krasnykh, a 2016 Olympic finalist in the 200 free who also raced the 400 in Rio, ended up placing fifth in 3:50.79.

The only other event where Olympic qualification was on the line tonight was in the women’s 400 IM. And while 16-year-old Anastasia Sorokina was well off the ‘A’ standard of 4:38.53, her time of 4:43.44 did break a longstanding national youth record from 1984.


Men Event(s) Women Event(s)
Ilya Borodin 400 IM
Maxim Stupin 400 IM
Martin Malyutin 400 freestyle
Alexander Egorov 400 freestyle

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About James Sutherland

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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