2022 RUSSIAN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS (SCM)
- November 20-25, 2022
- Kazan, Russia
- Short Course Meters (25 meters), prelims/finals + semi-finals for 50 & 100 meter races.
Sprinting dynamo Kliment Kolesnikov took down one of the oldest male world records on the books during the fourth night of finals from the Russian Short Course Championships in Kazan, setting a new mark of 22.11 in the men’s 50 backstroke (SCM).
Kolensikov’s performance takes down the eight-year-old world record of 22.22, set by Frenchman Florent Manaudou at the 2014 Short Course World Championships.
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Although Russian swimmers are currently banned from competing in all FINA events, the global governing body has said that as long as all FINA rules are followed, world records set at the competition will stand up as official.
Kolesnikov had set a new Russian Record in the event in the semi-finals, clocking 22.31 to erase his previous mark of 22.47 set at the 2021 European SC Championships.
Earlier in the session, he swam a lifetime best of 20.88 in the 50 free leading off Moscow’s 200 free relay, having previously been 21.10.
The 22-year-old also posted a blistering time of 22.55 in the prelims, meaning he’s produced three of the eight-fastest swims ever over the last 36 hours. Kolesnikov now owns five of the 10 fastest swims of all-time.
All-Time Performances, Men’s 50 Backstroke (SCM)
- Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), 22.11 – 2022
- Florent Manaudou (FRA), 22.22 – 2014
- Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), 22.31 – 2022
- Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), 22.47 – 2021
- Ryan Murphy (USA), 22.53 – 2021
- Ryan Murphy (USA), 22.54 – 2020
- Guilherme Guido (BRA) / Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), 22.55 – 2019 / 2022
- Ryan Murphy (USA), 22.56 – 2021
- Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), 22.57 – 2021
When Manaudou set the world record at 22.22 in 2014, he absolutely annihilated the previous mark of 22.61, set by American Peter Marshall in 2009, and the record went unthreatened for nearly eight years. Kolesnikov’s 22.47 effort at the European Championships last year was the lone swim to come within three-tenths of Manaudou’s time until Tuesday.
Manaudou’s record was the fifth-oldest male SCM world record on the books, with the only older marks being Grant Hackett‘s 7:23.42 in the 800 free (July 2008), Paul Biedermann‘s 1:39.37 in the 200 free (November 2009), Yannick Agnel‘s 3:32.25 in the 400 free (November 2012), and Ryan Lochte‘s 1:49.63 in the 200 IM (December 2012).
Kolesnikov now sits a whopping 61 one-hundredths faster than the next-fastest swimmer in the world this season—Dylan Carter, who went three-for-three in the event on the FINA World Cup circuit, with his fastest time being 22.72.
Kolesnikov is also the former world record holder in the LCM 50 back, having become the first man under 24 seconds (23.93) in the semi-finals of last year’s Russian Championships before getting down to 23.80 in the final. That record has since been broken by American Hunter Armstrong (23.71).
Earlier in the competition at the Russian Championships, Kolesnikov swam a time of 48.82 in the 100 back to overtake American Shaine Casas (48.84) for the top time in the world this year.
Russian swimmers will be banned from all FINA competitions through at least the end of 2022, meaning they won’t be racing at next month’s Short Course World Championships in Melbourne, Australia.
At the 2021 SC Worlds in Abu Dhabi, Kolesnikov won gold in the men’s 50 back (22.66) and 100 IM (51.09), and added an individual silver medal in the 100 back (49.46).
Kolesnikov has one more individual event on his schedule, the 100 freestyle, with two days remaining in Kazan.