2023 SWIMMING CUP OF RUSSIA
Kliment Kolesnikov‘s performance in the men’s 100 backstroke was the story of the second day of action at the 2023 Russian Swimming Cup in Kazan, as the 23-year-old fired off the second-fastest swim of all-time in 51.82.
Kolesnikov’s performance marked a new Russian Record, with reigning Olympic champion Evgeny Rylov (52.80) the runner-up in what was his fastest swim since Tokyo while youngster Miron Lifintsev (2006-born) broke 53 seconds for the first time to take third in 52.96.
Kolesnikov wasn’t the only swimmer breaking a National Record on the day, however, as Ilya Borodin joined the party by setting a new mark in the men’s 200 IM.
The 20-year-old swam to a time of 1:57.30 to down the Russian mark of 1:57.50 set by Andrey Zhilkin in 2021.
It also knocked off Borodin’s previous best of 1:57.93, set this past April, and it was notably seven one-hundredths shy of what was required to make the final at the World Championships going on in Fukuoka (1:57.23).
|Zhilkin, 2021||Borodin, 2023|
|54.74 (29.74)||54.55 (29.13)|
|1:29.01 (34.27)||1:28.71 (34.16)|
|1:57.50 (28.49)||1:57.30 (28.59)|
At this week’s World Championships, 58.72 was the time required to earn the silver medal (three-way tie).
Shymanovich, who owns a best time of 58.29 from 2019, produced the second-fastest swim of his career in April at 58.41. Shymanovich also split 58.22 at the end of the session on Belarus’ mixed medley relay.
The swim for Prigoda was actually a new personal best, undercutting his previous mark of 58.98 from April as he nears the Russian Record of 58.83 set by Anton Chupkov in October 2020.
Maria Kameneva kicked off the night by matching her PB in the women’s 50 back, clocking 27.65 to equal the time she produced in July 2022. That swim would’ve qualified for the World Championship final on Wednesday in Fukuoka, where 27.74 tied for eighth in the semis.
Egorova topped the women’s 800 free in 8:33.01, while 2008-born Sofia Diakova was the runner-up in 8:36.71, well under her previous best of 8:42.52 (set opening up a 1500).
Malyutin secured his second win in as many nights, following up his triumph in the 200 free by claiming the men’s 400 free in 3:48.68, topping Aleksandr Egorov (3:49.42) and Roman Akimov (3:49.68).
Chimrova clocked 2:08.92 to win the women’s 200 fly by more than two seconds, shy of her season-best (2:08.09 from April) and lifetime best (2:07.33 from 2018).
In the mixed 400 medley relay, St. Petersburg touched first in 3:45.42 with Lifintsev (53.18), Prigoda (59.12), Chimrova (58.39) and Daria Ustinova (54.73) taking down Belarus (3:47.18).
- Aleksandr Kharlanov led a group of five swimmers who broke 52 seconds in the men’s 100 fly semis, touching in 51.53 to dip under his PB of 51.82 set in April. Roman Shevlyakov (51.73) and Andrei Minakov (51.79) qualified second and third. At the Russian Championships in April, Minakov produced his fastest swim in two years at 51.23.
- Five women went 54-point in the 100 free semis, led by Daria Trofimova, who missed her PB by .02 in 54.31. Arina Surkova (54.20) and Kameneva (54.31) qualified second and third.