2023 SWIMMING CUP OF RUSSIA
Kliment Kolesnikov continued his dominance of the 2023 Russian Swimming Cup on Friday, following up on his world record-breaking performance in the 50 back semis by winning the final in the second-fastest time ever.
Kolesnikov rocketed to a new world record of 23.55 on Thursday, lowering the previous mark of 23.71 held by American Hunter Armstrong, and the 23-year-old Russian followed up by clocking 23.68 in the final, giving him the two fastest times in history and five sub-24 in his career.
Later in the session, Kolesnikov was back in the water in the final of the men’s 50 free, putting up a time of 21.76 to claim the title and establish a new season-best time. Kolesnikov went 21.78 in the semis and owns a PB of 21.69 from 2022.
Egor Kornev was the runner-up in 22.01, knocking two-tenths off his previous best set in the semis.
In the men’s 200 breast, Kirill Prigoda continued his run of good form by breaking 2:08 for the fourth time in his career and second time this year, touching in 2:07.62 to win gold by nearly four seconds over Alexey Sudarev (2:11.41).
Prigoda set a PB of 2:07.25 last year and went 2:07.47 in April. His time from Friday is quicker than what was required to win bronze at the World Championships (2:07.74).
Chikunova set a lifetime best of 1:04.92 in April that currently ranks third in the world for 2022-23.
In the women’s 400 free, 2008-born Sofia Dyakova swam to victory in a time of 4:07.82, nearing her Russian Junior Record of 4:07.17 set in April. Veteran Anna Egorova (4:08.99) was the runner-up.
- Arina Surkova picked up the win in the women’s 50 fly, nearing her Russian Record of 25.30 in 25.65.
- Yana Shakirova was the victor in the women’s 200 IM, clocking 2:13.90 to blow by her previous PB of 2:15.42.
- The Moscow men won the 800 free relay in 7:09.29, with Ivan Girev contributing a blistering 1:45.31 split on the third leg.
- Maria Kameneva came within three-tenths of her PB in the women’s 100 back semis, putting up 59.40 to qualify well ahead of the field.
- Oleg Kostin, who set a new National Record of 22.62 in April, paced the men’s 50 fly semis in 23.02 over Roman Shevlyakov (23.05) and Egor Yurchenko (23.06).