Kolesnikov Drops 47.70 100 Free At Day 4 Prelims Of Russian Trials


After qualifying for his first Olympic team in the 100 backstroke on Monday night, Kliment Kolesnikov kept the ball rolling on Tuesday morning in the fourth prelim session at the Russian Olympic Trials in a big way.

The 20-year-old dropped a sizeable best time of 47.70 to lead the men’s 100 free heats, taking out his previous PB of 48.04 and launching into second in the world rankings this season.

Kolesnikov had previously been 48.04 at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, holding a career-best relay leg of 47.39 from the 2018 Euros, and now sits in the #2 spot behind countryman Andrei Minakov (47.57) in 2020-21.

Minakov, meanwhile, appears to have a lot left in the tank after negative-splitting the prelims, recording 50 splits of 24.34/24.11 to qualify third overall in 48.45. 24.11 is one of, if not the, fastest back-50 legs of all-time.

Russian Record holder Vladislav Grinev qualified second in 48.09, putting him fifth in the world this season. A total of seven men broke 49 seconds.

Vladimir Morozov, who finished ninth in the 100 free at the 2016 Olympic Games, qualified eighth for the semi-finals in 49.01.

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  • 24-year-old Svetlana Chimrova picked up the top seed in the women’s 200 fly prelims in 2:13.56, followed by Anastasia Markova (2:14.68) and Aleksandra Sabitova (2:14.69). Chimrova holds the National Record of 2:07.33 from 2018.
  • Reigning two-time world champion Anton Chupkov built his way through the men’s 200 breaststroke heats, out in a smooth 1:04.33 before coming home in 1:05.65 to qualify first for the semis by over a second in 2:09.98. The world record holder at 2:06.12, Chupkov ranks fourth in the world this season (2:07.32). Kirill Prigoda, the winner of the 100 breast earlier and the fifth-fastest swimmer this season, took second in 2:11.07. 2016 Olympic gold medalist in this event Dmitriy Balandin of Kazakhstan was fourth in 2:11.61.
  • Alexander Egorov nearly even-split the men’s 800 free prelims (3:59.8/4:01.1) en route to qualifying first for the final by over three seconds in 8:00.95. Egorov qualified for his first Olympic team on Day 1 of the competition in the 400 free, and owns a best time of 7:52.04 in the 800, over two seconds under the FINA ‘A’ cut (7:54.31). Anton Nikitin (8:04.07) and Ilya Druzhinin (8:06.15) sit second and third. Ilia Sibirtsev, the 2019 World Junior Championship silver medalist in this event, ranks fourth in 8:06.50, with his best time sitting down at 7:48.05.

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Honest Observer
15 days ago

Great swim by Kolesnikov, but you’d think he’d have learned his lesson after the 100 back: you don’t need to be so extravagant in the heats.

Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
Reply to  Honest Observer
15 days ago

Maybe he wants to test swimming fast in the morning?That could be an explanation.

Reply to  Honest Observer
14 days ago

What lesson exactly? Do you have any proof that swimming fast in prelims/semifinal had anything to do with him not beating Rylov in the final?

Human Ambition
15 days ago

24.11 should be the fastest. Lezak was 21.50-24.56 and Scott 21.82-24.32 in the fastest relay splits ever.

Reply to  Human Ambition
15 days ago

No but that’s the fastest second 50 split in history. Overtaking phelps time by .09

Last edited 15 days ago by PFA
15 days ago

Surprised that Rylov did not swim it

Reply to  ooo
15 days ago

Rylov swam a 48.25 on the first day – good enough for 4×100 in Japan

Reply to  RusFed
15 days ago

Maybe, but Chchtegolev was also 48.28 on the first day, and Minakov, Kolesnikov, Grinev and Girev are certainly no slouch.

Reply to  ooo
15 days ago

But Rylov will already be at the olympics in the backstrokes and they know his 100 free is good. Kinda like how Phelps never swam the 100 outside of prelims at trials but was always on the 4×100 relay. He’s already there and capable so they’ll most likely choose him over bringing a relay-only guy

Reply to  ooo
15 days ago

I think Rylov’s reputation as a relay performer means he is on it.

He split 47.0 in Gwangju.

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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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