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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We were treated to our first world record of these European Championships, courtesy of Russian backstroking ace Kliment Kolesnikov. The 20-year-old crushed a remarkable time of 23.93 in semi-final #2 of the men’s 50m backstroke, taking down his own Russian, European and world records in the process.
After establishing himself as the top-seeded swimmer of the morning in a cool-looking 24.23, the Russian engaged an entirely new gear to bust out his eye-popping 23.93. His time overtook the previous world record of 24.00 he put up at the 2018 European Championships, making tonight the first outing ever under the 24-second territory for any man in this event.
With this result, Kolesnikov now owns 3 of the top 5 performances ever for the men’s 50m backstroke.
Top 5 Men’s LCM 50 Backstroke Performances:
- 23.93, Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) 2021
- 24.00, Kolesnikov 2018
- 24.04, Liam Tancock (GBR) 2009
- 24.07, Camile Lacourt (FRA) 2010
- 24.08, Kolesnikov 2021
Here is how the top 10 shook out for tomorrow night’s final here in Budapest:
At the 2019 FINA World Championships, Kolesnikov settled for bronze in this t50m back event, clocking a time of 24.51 in Gwangju. Countryman Evgeny Rylov snagged silver behind gold medalist Zane Waddell of South Africa, who has since retired from the sport.