Ivan Morgun Secures Second Freestyle Victory At Day 2 of Russian Juniors

Russian Junior Championships

On the second day of the Russia Junior Championships, distance-swimmer and Russian age group phenom Ivan Morgun raced through the 1500 to finish with a time of 15:29.41 and secure his second individual gold medal of the meet. His time was just 4 seconds short of his personal best, which is a 15:25.40 that he swam in October of 2020 at the Russian Championships.

Even though Morgun added time compared to hisl fastest recorded time, he still finished over 10 seconds ahead of the rest of the pack. Alexander Lyubavsky took second in a 15:41.08, and Artyom Kudinav followed shortly after with a 15:45.84. 

On day one of the meet, Morgun competed in the 400 freestyle and won with a time of 3:56.08. He consistently held 31s throughout his 1500 after; beginning the first 400 meters, which Morgun pulled ahead after holding 30s.

Freestyler Aleksandra Sabitova took the 400 free title, proving her versatility and range in the sport. She achieved a time of 4:15.44. On the night before, she placed second in the 100 free with a time of 56.16.

The men’s 200 meter butterfly was won by Vadim Kliminischev, who touched with a time of 1:57.10. He was the only swimmer in the event that posted a time under the two-minute mark. Kliminischev was just over his personal best time of 1:56.40 (which he set at the Vladimir Sadikov Cup back in December 2020) and only gained roughly one second. 

Other highlights include the following:

  • Daniil Kosenkov and Vladislov Resnichenko raced to the finish in the 100 free, finishing just .16 seconds apart. Kosenkov touched at a 50.90, and Reznichenko in a 51.06. 
  • Elena Bogomolova, who placed first in the 50 breaststroke on the first day of finals, won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:30.89. 
  • The battle for second and third place in the women’s 200 breaststroke came down to the last milliseconds, as Ulyana Sedacheva out-touched Varvara Kaverina with a time of 2:34.11. Kaverina took the race out faster than Sedacheva by nearly a second in the first 50 meters, but she finished with a 2:34.45 after Sedacheva by less than a half-second after Sedacheva. 
  • The men’s 200 IM was perhaps the biggest nail-biter of the evening, as the top four finishers’ times were all within a half-second of each other. Ivan Balenkov captured the victory in a 2:04.00. He shaved over two seconds from his previous best time of 2:06.16, which he swam at the Russian Age Group Championships. Artvon Vorobyov followed .2 seconds after Balenkov in a 2:04.20. Alexey Sudarev, who won the 200 breaststroke on the first night, took third with a 2:04.32, and Vakhtang Bagaturia finished in fourth with a time of 2:04.46. 

Click on the events below to see the full results from Day 2 finals:

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