Kolesnikov’s Speedy 48.17 Lead-Off Snagged Russian Gold


There were only 3 finals contested on the first night in Buenos Aires, with the men’s 400m free, women’s 200m IM and the mixed 4 x 100m freestyle relay vying for medals.

Hungary’s one-to-watch, Kristof Milak, made things happen in the men’s 400m free, taking the gold in a time of 3:48.08 to grant his nation the first swimming gold of these Games.

The nation of Israel was the next one on the board with a gold, as Anastasia Gorbenko cranked out a new national record time of 2:12.88 to take the women’s 200m IM by over a second.

Finally, it was the Russian mixed squad, led by Kliment Kolesnikov, who closed the night with a wicked-fast gold medal-garnering 4 x 100m freestyle relay. The foursome of Kolesnikov, Andri Minakov, Polina Egorova and Elizaveta Klevanovich combined for a winning mark of 3:28.50, with Kolesnikov smoking an opening split of 48.17, a new lifetime best.

Through just 3 medal events, the medal standings are as follows:

Gold Silver Bronze Total
Russia 1 1
Israel 1 1
Hungary 1 1
Italy 1 1
Serbia 1 1
Brazil 1 1
Japan 1 1
France 1 1
China 1 1


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4 years ago

I think Kolesnikov’s split at Euros 2018 in the same event was 47- smth

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4 years ago

This is lead off.

4 years ago

In accordance with tradition, I declare the x Olympic Games closed, and I call upon the YOUTH of the world to assemble four years from now in x to celebrate the x Olympic Games.

4 years ago

Is this SCM or LCM?

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4 years ago


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