Grinev, Krasnykh Among Additions As Russia Finalizes Olympic Roster At 30

2021 RUSSIAN NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Russia has announced its official Olympic swimming roster for this summer’s Tokyo Games following the conclusion of their Olympic Trials in Kazan on Friday, adding five relay only swimmers to bring the team total to 30.

Vladislav Grinev, Aleksandr Krasnykh and Alexander Shchegolev have been added on the men’s side, while Elizaveta Klevanovich and Daria S. Ustinova join for the women.

Grinev was an absolute no-brainer, having won three medals at the 2019 World Championships, including an individual bronze in the men’s 100 freestyle. Grinev is the third-fastest swimmer in the world this season in that event (47.85), but ran into the top two in Kazan, with Kliment Kolesnikov and Andrei Minakov locking him out of an individual spot.

Shchegolev and Krasnykh finished third and fourth in the men’s 200 free, both producing elite times of 1:45.82 and 1:45.88, respectively. Having won back-to-back World Championship silver medals in the event, the Russian men will be a huge factor for gold in the 800 free relay this summer.

For the women, Klevanovich placed third in the 100 freestyle, while Ustinova can contribute on both free relays as well.

RUSSIAN OLYMPIC ROSTER

Men Event(s) Women Event(s)
Ilya Borodin 200/400 IM Arina Surkova 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly
Maxim Stupin 400 IM Svetlana Chimrova 100 butterfly
Martin Malyutin 200/400 freestyle Anna Egorova 400/800 freestyle
Alexander Egorov 400/800/1500 freestyle Anastasia Kirpichnikova 400/800/1500 freestyle
Kirill Prigoda 100/200 breaststroke Maria Kameneva 50/100 freestyle, 100 backstroke
Anton Chupkov 100/200 breaststroke Anastasia Fesikova 100 backstroke
Ivan Girev 200 freestyle Evgeniia Chikunova 100/200 breaststroke
Evgeny Rylov 100/200 backstroke Yuliya Efimova 100 breaststroke
Kliment Kolesnikov 50/100 freestyle, 100 backstroke Maria Temnikova 200 breaststroke
Alexander Kudashev 200 butterfly Daria S. Ustinova Relay-only
Ilya Druzhinin 800 freestyle Elizaveta Klevanovich Relay-only
Andrei Minakov 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly
Andrey Zhilkin 200 IM
Mikhail Vekovishchev 100 butterfly
Vladimir Morozov 50 freestyle
Kirill Martynychev 1500 freestyle
Vladislav Grinev Relay-only
Aleksandr Krasnykh Relay-only
Alexander Shchegolev Relay-only

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KnifeSmile
3 months ago

It’s Daria S Ustinova, not the backstroker. She’s in as a relay-only swimmer.

They could still add 3 more for women’s 4×200 free relay. It’s not clear if they’ll enter this relay or not.

Troyy
Reply to  KnifeSmile
3 months ago

The relay would have to qualify first.

KnifeSmile
Reply to  Troyy
3 months ago

Russia has qualified all the relays but the times in the 200 free were disappointing…so unless the girls improve their times they won’t send it. We’ll see at europeans.

Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
3 months ago

They are not taking any prelim-only swimmer for 4×200 FR?

STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
3 months ago

One of the hard luck stories has to be Grigoriy Tarasevich. He was third in the 100BK going under 53 seconds and second in the 200BK but with a time just .05 outside the FINA ‘A’ cut. I hope they add him in later on as a heat swimmer for the medley relay or even give him a chance to get an “A’ cut for the 200BK be putting him in the team for the European Championships.

Chalmers > Dressel
Reply to  STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
3 months ago

he will be be qualified for euros

Sapnu puas
3 months ago

Russia’s men’s relays are a bit scary eh

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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