Maria Kameneva Ties #2 Swim In History, Matches European Record In Women’s 50 Back (SC)


  • November 20-25, 2022
  • Kazan, Russia
  • Short Course Meters (25 meters), prelims/finals + semi-finals for 50 & 100 meter races.
  • Results

After setting a new national record in the semi-finalsMaria Kameneva tied the European Record in the women’s 50 backstroke (SCM) during the penultimate day of the 2022 Russian Swimming Championships in Kazan.

Kameneva put up a time of 25.60, matching the European Record initially set by the Netherlands’ Kira Toussaint in November 2020 during Season 2 of the International Swimming League (ISL). One month later at a Dutch meet in Amsterdam, Toussaint tied the record.

Toussaint’s 25.60 previously stood as the world record, having been broken by Canadian Maggie MacNeil (25.27) at the 2021 Short Course World Championships.

Therefore, Toussaint (2x) and Kameneva are now tied for the second-fastest swim in history.

All-Time Performances, Women’s 50 Backstroke (SCM)

  1. Maggie MacNeil (CAN), 25.27 – 2021
  2. Kira Toussaint (NED) – 2020/ Kira Toussaint (NED) – 2020 / Maria Kameneva (RUS) – 2022, 25.60
  3. Kylie Masse (CAN), 25.62 – 2021
  4. Etiene Medeiros (BRA), 25.67 – 2014
  5. Sanja Jovanovic (CRO), 25.70 – 2009
  6. Olivia Smoliga (USA), 25.74 – 2020
  7. Kira Toussaint (NED) – 2019 / Kira Toussaint (NED) – 2020 / Olivia Smoliga (USA) – 2020, 25.75

This was also Kameneva’s first time under 26 seconds. In the semi-finals on Wednesday, she clocked a time of 26.05 to break her Russian Record of 26.15, first set at the 2016 Short Course World Championships and then matched at the 2019 Vladimir Salnikov Cup.

The 23-year-old takes over the top time in the world this season by a significant margin, with only MacNeil and Kylie Masse having been under 26 seconds in 2022-23, both at 25.96.

2022-2023 SCM Women 50 Back

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The victory marked Kameneva’s third win of the competition, having also won the women’s 100 free in a new National Record of 51.79, and claiming the 100 back in 56.23, 13 one-hundredths shy of the Russian mark she established at the 2019 European Championships.

Earlier in the finals session on Thursday, she put up a time of 23.65 in the semi-finals of the women’s 50 free, and will take a stab at her Russian Record of 23.48 in tomorrow’s finla.

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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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