Kolesnikov on 100Free/Back Double: “I’m not a robot… or Michael Phelps”

2021 LEN EUROPEAN AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Reported by James Sutherland.

MEN’S 100 FREE FINAL

  • European Record: 47.12, Alain Bernard (FRA), 2009
  • European Championship Record: 47.50, Alain Bernard (FRA), 2008
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 48.57
  1. Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), 47.37
  2. Alessandro Miressi (ITA), 47.45
  3. Andrei Minakov (RUS), 47.74

The men’s 100 freestyle saw an incredible five men break 48 seconds, led by Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov in a new Championship Record of 47.37. Kolesnikov breaks the previous Meet Record of 47.50 set by Alain Bernard in 2008, while falling .06 shy of his Russian Record set last month (47.31).

MEN’S 100 BACK SEMI-FINALS

  • European Record: 52.11, Camille Lacourt (FRA), 2010
  • European Championship Record: 52.11, Camille Lacourt (FRA), 2010
  • FINA ‘A’ Cut: 53.85
  1. Apostolos Christou (GRE), 52.77
  2. Mewen Tomac (FRA), 52.86
  3. Robert Glinta (ROU), 52.97
  4. Yohann Ndoye Brouard (FRA), 53.01
  5. Hugo Gonzalez (ESP), 53.14
  6. Evgeny Rylov (RUS), 53.15
  7. Thomas Ceccon (ITA), 53.34
  8. Luke Greenbank (GBR), 53.69

Apostolos Christou became the first Greek man under 53 seconds in the first semi-final of the men’s 100 backstroke, touching in a time of 52.77 to lower the 2009 National Record of 53.03 previously held by Aristeidis Grigoriadis. Christou showed immense opening speed in the race, flipping in a blistering 25.17.

Frenchman Mewen Tomac (52.86) and Romanian Robert Glinta (52.97) joined Christou sub-53 from the second semi, both breaking 53 for the first time. Tomac had previously been 53.10 in March, while Glinta breaks his Romanian Record of 53.26 from the prelims.

France will have a great chance to get two men on the podium tomorrow, with Yohann Ndoye Brouard sitting fourth in 53.01.

The biggest story of the race was defending champion Kliment Kolesnikov, who would’ve qualified first with his prelim time (52.32), but instead he finishes 16th in 54.86, being just minutes out of winning the 100 free final. His countryman Evgeny Rylov, the 2018 silver medalist behind Kolesnikov, will be in the mix tomorrow after going 53.15 for sixth.

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Deepblue
6 months ago

…or Caeleb Dressel.

DDias
Reply to  Deepblue
6 months ago

Dressel is incredible, but with only 15 minutes of interval?His endurance would suffer too.

Pvdh
Reply to  DDias
6 months ago

Maybe…maybe not. Remember he dropped 49.50 and 21.1 in the 50 maybe 20 minutes apart.

Swammerstein
Reply to  DDias
6 months ago

He also did a 1:47 200 fr then a 51 100 fly within 20 min at an unrested pro swim series

seetheworldswim
Reply to  DDias
6 months ago

5 min interval is nothing. is more or less what he had. 20 min interval is biiiiiig comparing to 5 min.

maxswimmer
Reply to  DDias
6 months ago

You forgot about skins

Prettykitten
Reply to  Deepblue
6 months ago

😂 Dressel would have been much slower than a 54 100bk with that double.

BadShoulder
Reply to  Prettykitten
6 months ago

More like 58 maybe

theswimsuitguy
Reply to  BadShoulder
6 months ago

he went 56.6 after 48.0 100 free last weekend…. back to back events I am pretty sure and no women’s events

Prettykitten
Reply to  theswimsuitguy
6 months ago

It was 50 free and he went 22.4 into a 56.6 both prelims so he probably had the same amount of time as kk.

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
6 months ago

Or Ryan Lochte.

Pvdh

That’s not fair Lochte has a high pain for tolerance

Philip Johnson

Lochte medaled in the 200 IM/back doubled, that was pretty mazing.

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Philip Johnson
6 months ago

Not tightening up in the backstroke would have been more amazing

Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
6 months ago

Michael Phelps = robot confirmed.

Walter
6 months ago

Could any of the Americans conduct an interview in Russian?

Mr Piano
Reply to  Walter
6 months ago

Возможно

Ole 99
Reply to  Walter
6 months ago

Exactly right!!!! 😬

Robbos
Reply to  Walter
6 months ago

Haha!!!! I think you mean the whole world speaks English!!! American is not a language,

Pvdh
Reply to  Robbos
6 months ago

You’ve never been to the Deep South. Murican is definitely Atleast a dialect of English

Robbos
Reply to  Pvdh
6 months ago

Go to Ireland & you’ll need an interptator, but they speak English, don’t tell the Irish, they think it’s Irish.

Yabo
Reply to  Robbos
6 months ago

I mean there is a distinct Irish language separate from Irish English dialect

Robbos
Reply to  Yabo
6 months ago

It’s called Gaelic.

Curious swimmer
Reply to  Pvdh
6 months ago

You are absolutely correct, American is a dialect of the English language. It is however not a language of its own.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
6 months ago

…. or Katie Ledecky with the women’s 1500 FR final/women’s 200 FR semis double. Funny how Katie Ledecky pulled off that feat in Kazan, comrade.

JustAFan
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
6 months ago

Do you ever make non-antagonistic comments? Feels like every time I see your name it’s accompanied by tons of downvotes. Can’t imagine that’s a coincidence.

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  JustAFan
6 months ago

Exactly. It requires zero talent to write…”blah blah blah the American won.” They aren’t even interesting references because it’s all recent

dresselgoat
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
6 months ago

We get it you all hate America.

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  dresselgoat
6 months ago

because if you disagree with someone even slightly, your opinion has to be the polar opposite to theirs

Cookedlays
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
6 months ago

There’s a difference between being a troll and being a jerk.

dresselgoat
Reply to  Cookedlays
6 months ago

No there isn’t

Last edited 6 months ago by dresselgoat
Fraser Thorpe
Reply to  Cookedlays
6 months ago

Not the way they do it…

Sunday Morning Grind
6 months ago

I for one appreciate his honesty and sentiment of know that he has to get better if he wants to be at the level he is going. Yes other athletes have pulled off a double better than this, but there’s no need to rub it in his face.

Pvdh
Reply to  Sunday Morning Grind
6 months ago

54 100 back is still pretty good in a vacuum tbh. It’s just that event has many 52 and 53 swimmers now so it may seem less relevant

MarkB
Reply to  Sunday Morning Grind
6 months ago

I also liked how he laughed when he said Phelps. Some people don’t remember what he used to do in high level meets, but not Kliment. He felt the pain! Good on him for trying it.

ADB
6 months ago

What a monster putting it all on the line and really getting out of his comfort zone. Learning experience and I bet next time he comes in better prepared. All the haters in the comments please post your race video going either 47 free or 54 back let alone try and do them back to back. These are the same people can’t even share a lane with the guy, because any respectable swimmer isn’t talking with negativity. Phelps, Dressel, Lochte, Ledecky etc. sure aren’t the ones in the comments.

Really surprised he can speak English so well too! What a guy!

FST
Reply to  ADB
6 months ago

There is this great new, revolutionary thing in Russia, where they put a bunch of kids in a room together, tell an adult to stand in front of them and then teach them English… they call it “English class”. 😉
Also, doesn’t he train with Gibson?

Corn Pop
Reply to  FST
6 months ago

The US Ambassador does not speak Russian & was left adrift when Russia sent his translator packing under reciprocal expulsions. Then Russia sent him home to sit in a room & be taught . Like you say , it’s easy ! You should demand higher standards of education for your diplomats .

Last edited 6 months ago by Corn Pop
Curious swimmer
Reply to  ADB
6 months ago

Other countries take time to learn a second or third language. For most of us the second language is English. I do not like that this comment section blatantly shows Americans ignorance towards other languages (this is not targeted at you).

Tea rex
Reply to  Curious swimmer
6 months ago

All I know is if I order a biscuit, I better not get one of those dry abominations the British serve

Comet
6 months ago

At least he has good insight. I think his better events right now are the 50 and 100 back. Maybe that will change as he gets older. He is still very young,

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