Kirpichnikova, Surkova & Egorova Carry Momentum At Day 3 Prelims In Kazan


Three of the four women who qualified for the 2021 Olympic Games on Day 2 of the Russian Olympic Trials carried that momentum forward by taking the top spot in their respective events during the third preliminary session from Kazan.

Anna Egorova, who set a new National Record in the 400 free on Sunday, was the lone woman to crack 2:00 in the 200 freestyle heats, clocking a time of 1:59.89.

The 22-year-old’s personal best time in the event stands at 1:57.58, set in December, so she should have plenty more in the tank for both the semis tonight and the final tomorrow.

Veronika Andrusenko, the previous record holder in the 400 free, wasn’t far behind to qualify second in 2:00.13, and 17-year-old Aleksandra Sabitova (2:00.52) was one of four others sub-2:01. That was a massive best for Sabitova, who had previously been 2:03.53 in 2018.

The runner-up to Egorova in yesterday’s 400, Anastasia Kirpichnikova dominated the women’s 1500 prelims by almost 45 seconds, cruising to a time of 16:08.18. The 20-year-old set a new Russian Record of 15:53.18 in December.

Also following a big day on Sunday by claiming a top seed this morning was 22-year-old Arina Surkova, the winner of the women’s 100 fly, who checked in with a 26.19 50 fly to pace the field.

That swim put her over four-tenths clear of the next-fastest competitor – 2004-born Daria Tatarinova (26.63). Svetlana Chimrova, the 100 fly runner-up who also made the Olympic team on Day 2, qualified third in 26.66.


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Pacific Whirl
5 months ago

Sabitova is 17 as listed by FINA.

5 months ago

Does anyone have a schedule for the finals tonight

Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
5 months ago

Okay i found the schedule but does me no good since it is in russian

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5 months ago
Last edited 5 months ago by RusFed

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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