2021 RUSSIAN NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- April 3-9, 2021
- Palace of Water Sports, Kazan, Russia
- Prelims: 9:00 am local/2:00 am Eastern, Finals: 6:00 pm local/11:00 am Eastern
- LCM (50m)
- Russian Olympic Qualification Procedures
- Meet Central
- Start Lists/Results
- Live Stream (YouTube channel)
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.
- 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.