Kirpichnikova Cracks Over Decade-Old 800 Free Russian Record


She may be a visiting swimmer at these 2020 French Elite Championships, but Russia’s Anastasia Kirpichnikova is making her presence known in a big way.

Racing in the women’s 800m freestyle tonight in Saint-Raphaël, 20-year-old Kirpichnikova logged the fastest time of her life, hitting the wall in a massive 8:22.65. She not only beat the field by well over 7 seconds, but she knocked over 5 seconds off of her own previous PB with her victory this evening.

Entering this meet, Kirphichnikova’s lifetime best rested at the 8:28.19 she posted just last month at another French meet in Toulouse. Tonight, however, she broke new ground by hitting the 8:22.65 to establish a new Russian national record. The old standard stood at the 8:23.07 Elena Sokolova put up way back at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Splits for Kirphichnikova’s swim here are as follows:

Kirpichnikova actually contested this 800m free event at the 2019 World Championships but mustered just a time of 8:37.90 to settle for 16th place and well out of the final. Here time here tonight over a year later would have placed 7th there in Gwangju.

The Russian is becoming quite the freestyle ace, having already nabbed the French Open Water Championships gold earlier this season. We reported how she is now hoping to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in both the pool and open water swimming.

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11 months ago

She trains in France with Philippe Lucas, former legendary coach of Laure Manaudou and Amaury Leveaux

Reply to  swimfan_00
11 months ago

The distance whisperer has already found his new Sharon.

What’s Fabrice Pellerin up to these days?

Reply to  Aquajosh
11 months ago

* and former coach of Sharon van Rouwendal , Fabrice is training Bonnet and Desplanches, the swissman looking good for a medal in tokyo

Reply to  swimfan_00
11 months ago

And where’s Bobo Gigi?

Corn Pop
11 months ago

Before that she was a close 4th at QWld Jnrs 2017.- a fairly unusual result for Ru . After a l plateau , Philippe has done a great job as usual.

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