Kliment Kolesnikov Downs Russian Record With 47.31 100 Free, Now #10 All-Time


Kliment Kolesnikov took down a star-studded field in the men’s 100 freestyle final on Day 5 of the 2021 Russian Olympic Trials, lowering the National Record in a time of 47.31.

Facing (now former) Russian Record holder Vladislav Grinev, (now former) world #1 Andrei Minakov and Vladimir Morozov, Kolesnikov led the heat from the get-go, out in 22.55 before blazing home in 24.76.

Kolesnikov’s swim breaks the previous Russian mark of 47.43, set by Grinev in 2019, and makes him the 10th-fastest performer of all-time.

Kolesnikov is also now the fifth-fastest swimmer in a textile suit.

All-Time Performers, Men’s 100 Freestyle (LCM)

  1. Cesar Cielo (BRA), 46.91 – 2009
  2. Alain Bernard (FRA), 46.94 – 2009
  3. Caeleb Dressel (USA), 46.96 – 2019
  4. Cameron McEvoy (AUS), 47.04 – 2016
  5. Eamon Sullivan (AUS), 47.05 – 2008
  6. Kyle Chalmers (AUS), 47.08 – 2019
  7. James Magnussen (AUS), 47.10 – 2012
  8. Frederick Bousquet (FRA), 47.15 – 2009
  9. Brent Hayden (CAN), 47.27 – 2009
  10. Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), 47.31 – 2021

The 20-year-old entered the competition with a best time of 48.04, set back in 2018, and lowered that in all three rounds here in Kazan. Kolesnikov clocked 47.70 in the heats and 47.60 in the semis before dropping his 47.31 in the final.

In doing so, he also takes over the top spot in the world this season, moving past Minakov, who went 47.57 in October.

Minakov edged out Grinev in the battle for silver, 47.77 to 47.89, while Morozov took fourth in 48.18. The Russian 400 free relay is shaping up to be a formidable one in Tokyo.

It’s also important to note that Kolesnikov scratched out of another one of his best events, the 200 back, in order to fully focus on the 100 free on Wednesday. If he had raced the 200 back, he would’ve only had about 30 minutes of rest prior to the 100 free final.

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13 days ago

Not much else to say but impressive and Minakov got his individual spot in the 100

13 days ago

Now it’s interesting to see what he can do in the 50 free.

13 days ago

I know some of you dislike this distinction, but, not counting supersuits, only 4 men have been faster, 3 of them Australians (why don’t Aussies absolutely dominate 4×100 free relays?)

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Luigi
13 days ago

Cameron McEvoy (AUS), 47.04 – 2016

Eamon Sullivan (AUS), 47.05 – 2008

Kyle Chalmers (AUS), 47.08 – 2019

James Magnussen (AUS), 47.10 – 2012

Bolded it for ya.

Last edited 13 days ago by Steve Nolan
Dave Burleigh
Reply to  Steve Nolan
13 days ago

Sullivan’s 2008 swim was in a suit that wouldn’t be legal today.

Aussies have had trouble keeping all their studs healthy at the same time for major championships. It is still very impressive that they have 4 of the 7 fastest of all time.

Russians will be tough. 3 dudes under 48 flat start, Morozov the slow leg? He throws down in relays.

Can’t wait to see how fast the Americans go at trials. It would be nice to shake up this top ten list a bit.

Reply to  Steve Nolan
13 days ago

Well Steve I obviously knew that the Aussies in the top 10 list were in their best shape at different times. I just wanted to remark that Australia has an incredible wealth of talent in the 100 free.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Luigi
13 days ago

lol, i kinda got that. It was just a weird question to tack on at the end of it.

Reply to  Luigi
13 days ago

Lezak, Adrian, and Dressel have kept an edge for the Americans for the past two decades

Reply to  Halkydus
13 days ago

Phelps too

About James Sutherland

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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