Kliment Kolesnikov Sets First SCM 200 Free World Junior Record


After taking down World Junior Records (WJRs) all month and even a senior Word Record in the 100 back just yesterday, 17-year-old Kliment Kolesnikov has broken yet another WJR, this time setting the first official record of its type in the 200m free.

He cruised to a 1:45.39 in his morning swim at the 2017 Vladimir Salnikov Swim Cup Saturday, taking the top seed heading into finals by only .17, but ended up winning the race by nearly three seconds over 25-year-old Viacheslav Andrusenko‘s 1:44.63.

Kolesnikov’s 1:41.75 bests the “benchmark” WJR of 1:41.95, established in 2015, but is yet to be ratified by Fina.

En route to his record-setting swim, Kolesnikov split 23.54/26.33/25.95/25.93.

Though he’s still a ways away from the Russian senior record (1:40.08), Kolesnikov’s swim puts him at #5 in the world this year.

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Woah… Russia’s 4×200 could be becoming favourites for next world champs… Krasnykh, Dovgalyuk, Girev, Vekovishchev, Kolesnikov… Two 1.45 men, two 1.46 low men and Kolesnikov could turn up and swim just about anything…


Russia has the most consistent group of 200 freers: Krasnykh (born in 1995), Vekovishchev (1998), Dovgalyuk (1995) and then two great “millenials”: Girev and Kolesnikov (both born in 2000), and Kolesnikov seems a “big player” capable to swim in every relay with a strong personality and so giving confidence to his teammates (Consequently also the 400 free relay could move on with Kolesnikov and Girev addition) .
Obviously there is a big IF, widely discussed in many comments.


I agree. USA as ever the big unknown, they could unearth just about anything in the next few years. Australia have some cause for excitement in Winnington, Lewis, Chalmers making at play at 200 too. GBR have two very strong legs in Scott & Guy – The last 2 are a toss up but there are a bunch of men capable of 1.46 splits. It’s a fascinating time in the men’s 4×200.


Still about Russia: at last Junior Worlds also Malyutin (born in 1999) swam a 1.46.68 relay-split. Australia surely in the mix because Jack Cartwright, Clyde Lewis, Elijah Winnington (2000) are looking more than promising and then among Horton, Thomas Fraser-Holmes, McEvoy, Chalmers, McKeon and others they can surely make a great relay (probably Olympics2020 coming too soon for Thomas Hauck). Agree with you about Great Britain, and then there are two other teams that could become very strong: Hungary (beside Kozma, there are Nemeth and Milak in mighty growth, so it lacks a fourth swimmer capable to swim at 1.46) and Japan for a mix of motivations (Tokyo2020 looming) and good swimmers (they swam a great relay at last Panpacs… Read more »


Girev also competed at this meet, but only finished 11th in 100 free with a time of 48.42.


Saw it.
Also Minakov swam some “off-events” (200 im and 200 free heats), and Kuimov had “pretty flat” 50 and 100 fly.
The 2018 LC results of these three swimmers, who have different places and way of training, will be extremely interesting.


It,s very unusual for a backstroker to be a good freestyle. Lochte was tho.
I mean kolesnikov has the physical tools and technique to be world class. I think he,s about 6,6 in height and may grow some more. That is enormous.


Grevers also very good at freestyle


Tancock was decent too – 48.7 100fr

Coach Mike 1952

“To be” world class? He already is amigo. The question is how good will he get? And if he is clean too – another big Q given Russia’s systematic & systemic doping history.


Given their trouble with drug positives and massive suspension in other sports I would be surprised if he is competing by Tokyo


I actually disagree RE backstroke/free – I can think of quite a few in the women’s side straight off the bat:

Heemskerk, Rouwendaal, Smoliga, Coughlin, Seebohm, Coleman, Sjostrom, Halsall, Pellegrini, Manaudou, Filippi, even Coventry (people forget she is the African LCM 200fr record holder)… Not as prevalent on the men’s side for some reason, Rylov has was 52s back & 48s Free last year too


Let’s also not forget Phelps backstroke ability.

bobo gigi

MP almost broke the 100 back world record in 2007.

Coach Mike 1952

Bobo is right – he was just .03 off the WR at that time.


I meant on the men’s side. It unusual to see world class back/free combo on the men,s side. More common with the women.
As coach Mike 1952 said, I hope he,s clean.
It would be great if he swam in the NCAA,s though. Texas could recruit aggresively.


Surprised no one mentioned missy franklin as a back/free talent. At her peak winning world titles in both strokes.


Definitely missed a few big ones!

Also forget what a brilliant backstroker/freestyler Cseh Laszlo is – 53/1.56 & 1.45


How about Kosuke Hagino?

53/1:54 back and 48.7/1:45/3:43 free.

Steve Levy

You kids… Look up John Naber’s performance at the Montreal Games back in 1976. Incidentally, Naber is also 6’ 6”

Tea rex

Murphy… Morozov… Josh Davis… Stravius… P Marshall… Bal… Most focused on one or the other. Aaron Peirsol actually was an AR holder in 4×200 fr, briefly.


manaudou is the world record holder on both 50 free and 50 back


When you can swim 21.24 50 free, 46.55 100 free and 1.41.75 200 free at 17, but you are actually a backstroker and hold the 100 back world record. #crazy


Kolesnikov isn’t “alone” a backstroker, that’s quite clear..( and, to cite another great European youngster, Milak isn’t alone a flier).
Backstroke is his strongest style, but Kolesnikov has the talent and ambition to become a “multistroke winner”.
At Energy Standard Cup, very interesting LCM youth meet held in early May 2017, he won the 200 im in 2.00.27 besides 50 free (22.57), 50 back (25.13), 100 back (54.59) and 200 back (1.58.8).

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