Ilya Borodin Cracks Own WJR with 4:10.02 400 IM for European Championships Gold


Russia’s Ilya Borodin broke his own World Junior Record in the men’s 400 IM tonight roaring to a Gold medal with a final time of 4:10.02. Borodin used the middle 200 meters to pull away from the field, having built up a 1.23-second lead over the next-fastest person in the field at the 300m turn.

Borodin held the previous World Junior Record at 4:11.17, which he swam at the Russian National Championships in early April of this year. Here is the splits comparison between Borodin’s previous WJR swim and his race from tonight:

Ilya Borodin Ilya Borodin
New World Junior Record
Old World Junior Record (April 3, 2021)
Fly – 100m 57.44 57.68
Back – 100m 1:03.87 1:04.38
Breast – 100m 1:10.41 1:11.00
Free – 100m 58.30 58.11
Final Time 4:10.02 4:11.17

Borodin was improved on his fly, back, and breast split over his April swim, and was just 0.19 seconds slower coming home on freestyle. In his swim tonight, Norodin posted the 3rd-fastest fly split in the filed, the fastest back split, 2nd-fastest breast split, and 3rd-fastest free split. The swim makes Borodin the #15 performer all-time in the event.

Additionally, Borodin broke the Russian Record in the event. The previous National record was also held by Borodin with his 4:11.17 from April.

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Guimaraes Cayley
1 year ago

What do you guys think of his freestyle kick? I found it very odd.

1 year ago
1 year ago

Could he break the true wjr in tokyo? or will he be too old.

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Khachaturian
1 year ago

he doesn’t age up until the end of the year and a 1 sec drop is reasonable