2019 SHORT COURSE RUSSIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Tuesday, November 5 – Sunday, November 10, 2019
- Kazan, Russia
- Short Course Meters (25m/SCM) format
- Prelims 9 AM / Finals 6 PM (Local time)
- Live Stream
- Live Results
It’s been a record spree in Kazan, and three more national records fell on the fourth day of Russia’s Short Course Championships.
Maria Kameneva broke the national 100 IM record for the second time in as many days. The 20-year-old was 58.39 yesterday in semifinals, and went 58.14 in the final to take the record down two more tenths. Kameneva won by two and a half seconds, and finishes with a time that would have been hundredths out of medaling at 2018 Short Course Worlds.
The three records on day 4 fell in consecutive events. After Kameneva’s swim, Oleg Kostin took down the national 50 fly record, qualifying first out of semifinals. Aleksandr Popkov previously held the record at 22.27, but Kostin went 22.12 in semis. Kostin, 27, gets to face the 24-year-old Popkov in the final, as the previous record-holder qualified second in 22.37.
Then in the very next event, Veronika Andrusenko went 3:58.25 to break a three-year-old record in the women’s 400 free. Andrusenko, 28, took seven tenths of a second off the old record from 2016.
Other standouts on day 4 were Arina Surkova and Sergey Fesikov. Surkova followed up her Russian record 50 fly from last night’s semis with a 25.30 in the final. That won gold, though it was three one-hundredths off her day-old record. Fesikov, meanwhile, won two events: he was 51.43 for gold in the 100 IM and 23.23 to win the 50 back. He bested young standout Kliment Kolesnikov in both races.
Other event winners on day 4:
- Popkov did win the men’s 50 free, not long after his qualifying run in the 50 fly. Popkov was 21.22, steadily improving his time from a relay leadoff early in the meet (21.38) to last night’s semifinal (21.30) to the final.
- Anastasia Fesikova topped semifinals of the women’s 50 back, going 27.09. In other semifinal action, Nika Godin led the women’s 100 breast at 1:04.86.