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
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The formidable Russian backstroking duo of Evgeny Rylov and Kliment Kolesnikov lived up to the hype in the 100 backstroke final at their national Olympic Trials on Monday in Kazan, unloading two of the 20-fastest swims in history.
Rylov pulled out the victory in a time of 52.12, just off of his 51.97 national mark set in 2019, while Kolesnikov chopped nearly two-tenths from his best time to get inside the all-time top-10 list.
Kolesnikov now sits in a tie for ninth all-time with Japan’s Ryosuke Irie. Rylov’s 2019 swim ranks him fourth.
All-Time Performers, Men’s 100 Back (LCM)
- Ryan Murphy (USA), 51.85 – 2016
- Xu Jiayu (CHN), 51.86 – 2017
- Aaron Peirsol (USA), 51.94 – 2009
- Evgeny Rylov (RUS), 51.97 – 2019
- Matt Grevers (USA), 52.08 – 2012
- Camille Lacourt (FRA) / Mitch Larkin (AUS) , 52.11 – 2010/2015
- David Plummer (USA), 52.12 – 2016
- Ryosuke Irie (JPN), / Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) 52.24 – 2009/2021
From an all-time performances standpoint, Rylov’s 52.12 ties for the 10th-fastest ever, while Kolesnikov’s ties for 17th (also with Irie).
The 20-year-old Kolesnikov, who qualifies for his first Olympic team with this performance, entered with an official best time of 52.53 (having gone 52.51 on a mixed relay), and lowered it down in all three rounds of the event in Kazan, clocking 52.44 in the prelims and 52.42 in the semis before this swim in the final.
Additionally, Rylov and Kolesnikov now occupy the top-two spots in the world rankings for 2020-21.