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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Having already reset his personal best in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke numerous times earlier in the competition, Kliment Kolesnikov added a PB in a third event on Friday morning in the men’s 50 free.
The 20-year-old recorded a time of 21.89 in the prelims, annihilating his previous best of 22.31 set at the 2019 Russian Championships in Moscow.
In becoming the seventh Russian under the 22-second threshold, Kolesnikov slots into a tie for sixth in the world this season, and the time would also be good enough to qualify for the Olympics if done in the final, provided a top-two finish (the FINA ‘A’ cut is 22.01).
Joining Kolesnikov sub-22 was Vladimir Morozov, the Russian Record holder at 21.27, who registered a time of 21.91. Having placed fourth in the 100 free, Morozov is still seeking to qualify in an individual event for Tokyo.
Ivan Kuzmenko (22.35), Evgeny Rylov (22.39) and Vladislav Grinev (22.40) sit third, fourth and fifth, while Evgeny Sedov, the third-fastest Russian ever having been 21.74 in 2017, tied with Ivan Girev for ninth in 22.76.
In the women’s 50 free it was Maria Kameneva pacing the field in an elite time of 24.52, good for ninth in the world this season. Kameneva owns the National Record at 24.21, set in 2018, and will look to add a third individual event to her program tonight.
Arina Surkova qualified second in 24.84, less than two-tenths off her best time (24.67) set in October that ranks her in a tie for 14th in 2020-21.
Just like the stroke 50s, the 50 free events will have both the semis and final contested during the evening session with the meet finishing up tonight.
The men’s 400 medley relay also held prelims this morning due to having over eight clubs enter.
Kazakhstan qualified first in 3:41.43, with Dmitriy Balandin recording the field’s fastest breast split in 1:00.00.