Kolesnikov Enters All-Time Top 10 With 52.24 100 Back; Rylov Goes 52.12


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)

  1. Ryan Murphy (USA), 51.85 – 2016
  2. Xu Jiayu (CHN), 51.86 – 2017
  3. Aaron Peirsol (USA), 51.94 – 2009
  4. Evgeny Rylov (RUS), 51.97 – 2019
  5. Matt Grevers (USA), 52.08 – 2012
  6. Camille Lacourt (FRA) / Mitch Larkin (AUS) , 52.11 – 2010/2015
  7. David Plummer (USA), 52.12 – 2016
  8. 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.

2020-2021 LCM Men 100 Back

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2 months ago

If Kolesnikov’s start was as good as Rylov’s was, he’d have been 51.8-51.9 without hesitation

Reply to  Yaboi
2 months ago

Rylov had 0.13 better reaction time and won by 0.12. Rowdy would be proud.

Mr Piano
2 months ago

The 100 back is gonna be so stacked at the Olympics. There’s 4 people who could all go 51. Imagine the possibility of a 51.9 not getting a medal at the Olympics.

Reply to  Mr Piano
2 months ago

Unlikely. Every time we’ve expected a world’s final to be in the 51.xx range this past quad, 52 mid/low wins it. Although, if I now expect the winner to be in the 52 range, maybe then we’ll see 5 guys in the final sub 52 !

2 months ago

Russian medley relay looks good from start to finish.

US and GB relying on Dressel and Peaty respectively to drop their usual massive swims and make up for weaknesses on breast and back.

If those two are a bit off or a Russian (probably Kilesnikov) drops a huge swim and beats the field by 0.7+, I think they’ve got it.

Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
Reply to  Togger
2 months ago

One problem for GB is they can’t rest all their swimmers in the heat, while US and Russia can do this without pressure.

Reply to  Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
2 months ago

Yeah, we’re struggling to rest anyone other than Peaty.

I’m not too worried about Greenbank, he’ll only have swum the backstrokes and it’s speed not endurance that he struggles with on a 50.

Guy and Scott will have done a lot of swimming by then though, it’d be great if we can rest at least one of them. The fly cupboard looks bare, but if Dean or Richards can drop time in the 100 we could swap one of them in for Scott.

Reply to  Togger
2 months ago

Wouldn’t sleep on Jacob Peters he could drop a 51. Fly

JP input is too short
Reply to  Togger
2 months ago

I wouldn’t be that worried about Scott after his epic relay anchor at the end of Worlds after all the swimming he did.

Do we know, is he going to try to go 100/200 free, 200 IM at the Olympics or maybe drop the 100 or the IM?

Troll in the Dungeon
Reply to  JP input is too short
2 months ago

Honestly no idea and not sure whether that sort of info is likely to materialise soon. I guess we’ll see what sort of form he is on at trials – if we drops a world class 200IM I’d say he should prioritise that over the 100. While he’s no slouch at the 100, I think Chalmers and Dressel kind of have the top two podium places covered, so he’d be fighting for bronze. I think 200IM is a lot more open in the sense there is no Phelps or Lochte type person around atm, so the gold is more for the taking there.

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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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