Kolesnikov Snares 50 Back WJR, Glinta Becomes 3rd Fastest Ever


Russian standout Kliment Kolesnikov just sealed up a trifecta of World Junior Records, taking down the 50m WJR mark set by America’s Michael Andrew at last year’s World Junior Championships.

Competing in tonight’s semi-finals at the European Championships in Glasgow, the 18-year-old threw down a personal best effort of 24.25 to take the 2nd seed behind Romania’s Robert Glinta. Glinta’s time is a new Romanian national record in itself and both men now rank among the top performers ever in the event. Glinta moves into #3, overtaking the now-retired Aussie Bobby Hurley, while Kolesnikov becomes the 6th fastest performer ever.

Kolesnikov already holds the WJR in the 100m back in 52.97 and the 200m back in 1:55.14. We’ll see what both men have left in tomorrow night’s final.

Top performances in the men’s 50m back ever, entering these Euros:

24.04 Liam Tancock GBR 2009 World Champs 8/2/2009 Rome
24.07 Camille Lacourt FRA 2010 European Swimming Champs 8/12/2010 Budapest
24.13 Robert Hurley AUS FINA Swimming World Cup 2013 10/17/2013 Dubai
24.24 Junya Koga JPN 2009 World Champs 8/2/2009 Rome
24.24 Ryan Murphy 7/27/2018 Irvine
24.31 Justin Ress 7/27/2018 Irvine
24.33 Randall Bal USA 2008 Eindhoven Open 12/5/2008 Eindhoven


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Nice swims from Glinta and Morozov!!


Fina, always provimg their competence. I would use the USA database for alltime rankings, Robert Hurley’s 24.13 is a Short course swim, not sure how it mades its way into the LC rankings

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