2021 LEN EUROPEAN AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Swimming: Monday, May 17th – Sunday, May 23rd, 2021
- Budapest, Hungary
- Prelims at 10:00 am local/Finals at 6:00 pm local
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Just 24 hours after lowering the long course 50 backstroke world record to a 23.93, Kliment Kolesnikov improved by another 0.13 seconds to win the European Championships final with a 23.80.
That gives Kolesnikov, once again, the new Russian, World, and Championship record in the event.
Kolesnikov lead the men’s 50 backstroke field the entire way through, first establishing a 24.23 to win the heats, followed by a 23.93 WR in the semi-final, capped off by a 23.80 to nab gold for Russia. With that swim, Kolesnikov now holds the 3 fastest performances in the event as well as 4 out of the top 6 performances in history.
Top 5 Men’s LCM 50 Backstroke Performances:
- 23.80 – Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) 2021
- 23.93 – Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) 2021
- 24.00 – Kliment Kolesnikov 2018
- 24.04 – Liam Tancock (GBR) 2009
- 24.07 – Camile Lacourt (FRA) 2010
- 24.08 – Kliment Kolesnikov Kolesnikov 2021
Kolesnikov was followed in the 50 backstroke final at this year’s European Championships by Romanian record holder Robert Glinta who swam a 24.42 for silver which was just a bit over his NR in the event of 24.12 from 2018. Hugo Gonzalez followed for Spain, hitting a 24.47 Spanish record for bronze. That swim for Gonzalez was just 0.01 seconds under the previous mark of 24.48 that Aschwin Wildeboer set at the 2009 World Championships.
2021 European Swimming Championships Men’s 50 Backstroke Final