2018 ENERGY STANDARD CUP
- Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy
- April 28-29, 2018
Rising Russian superstar Kliment Kolesnikov followed up his stellar performances on day 1 of the Energy Standard Cup with four more on day 2, earning individual wins in the 50 back and 200 IM, and also swimming on both of Energy Standard’s relays.
The backstroke specialist started the day off in his best discipline, easily nailing down the 50 back win in a time of 25.05. Italian Thomas Ceccon placed 2nd in 25.79. At the end of the morning session the 17-year-old anchored the Energy Standard team (made up entirely of Russians) to the win in the 400 medley relay, splitting 50.27 as they won in 3:39.71 over Italy (3:41.33).
In the afternoon session Kolesnikov duelled it out with teammate Maxim Stupin in the 200 IM, with Stupin overtaking the lead on the breaststroke leg before Kolesnikov answered in the freestyle, getting the touch by a few one hundredths in 2:00.69 to Stupin’s 2:00.76. His fourth swim of the day was arguably his most impressive, as he anchored Energy Standard’s 400 free relay in 48.47, though it wasn’t quite enough to run down the Italians who won in 3:19.50.
There were four other swimmers who won multiple individual events, represented by four different teams. Tina Celik, swimming for the Balcan Tide Team (made up primarily of Slovenians like herself), won the 50 (32.06) and 100 breaststroke (1:10.16) with Russian Anastasiia Afanaseva of Energy Standard the runner-up in both.
Italian Giulia Salin was victorious in both the women’s 400 (4:13.15) and 800 freestyle (8:44.34), pulling away from a group of four that were together through the entire 400 with a strong final two laps. Also doubling up on the women’s side was Belarusian Anastasiya Shkurdai (swimming for Energy Standard) in the 50 back (29.27) and 100 fly (59.97).
For the men, Akos Kalmar of Hungary joined Kolesnikov as a double winner, as he took the 400 (3:53.79) and 1500 free (15:28.88). In the 400, he and runner-up Marco De Tullio of Italy both negative split the race, with De Tullio turning over a second back at the halfway mark before storming back with a final 200 of 1:55.07. That made up one full second on Kalmar, who had a back half of 1:56.07, but the 1.03 second lead established in the opening 200 held up as De Tullio was just three one hundredths back at the end in 3:53.82.
- Italy’s Alessandro Fusco and Energy Standard’s Vladislav Gerasimenko went back and forth in the 50 and 100 breast, with each earning one win and one runner-up finish. Fusco used a superior back half to win the 100 in 1:02.52 to Gerasimenko’s 1:03.28, while the Russian won the 50m event by over a second in 27.77.
- Dora Hathazi led a 1-2 finish for Hungary in the women’s 200 fly, touching in 2:13.50 with teammate Petra Barocsai (2:15.18) in 2nd.
- Energy Standard’s Andrei Minakov of Russia, who was the bronze medalist at the 2017 World Juniors in the 100 fly, won that event in 52.76 over Italian Federico Burdisso (53.02).
- Russian Anastasiia Sorokina got another win for Energy Standard in the women’s 200 IM, posting a time of 2:16.53.
- The Energy Standard women won both the 400 free (3:46.65) and 400 medley relays (4:10.57).