Maria Kameneva Tops Medal Table After Last Night of Russian SC Championships


  • Tuesday, November 5 – Sunday, November 10, 2019
  • Kazan, Russia
  • Prelims 9 AM / Finals 6 PM (Local time)
  • Live Stream
  • Live Results

The 2019 Russian Swimming Championships wrapped up with a 6th night of fast racing among Russia’s best swimmers. After the last 10 events on the final night, versatile sprinter Maria Kameneva came out on top of the medal table.

She took home the gold in the women’s 50 free with a 23.70, to finish ahead of Arina Surkova and Daria Ustinova, who swimming a 23.90 and 24.68, respectively.

The first individual gold of the night went to Yaroslav Potapov in the men’s 1500. He finished in 14:35.23, 1.5 seconds ahead of silver medalist, Ilya Druzhinin (14:36.92) and bronze medalist Ernest Maxumov (14:47.46). Potapov and Druzhinin’s swims put them first and second in the world this year in the short course 1500.

Kameneva also won gold in the 4×100 medley and silver in the 4×50 freestyle relay. Having previously won gold in the 100IM, 100 back, 4×100 free and 4×50 medley, Kameneva finishes at the top of the medal table with 6 gold medals and 1 silver.

In other races on Sunday, the final day of competition, Olympian Svetlana Chimrova swam to victory in the women’s 100 fly. Her time of 57.49 notched her the win and jumped her up a spot after qualifying 2nd from the semi-finals. She also nearly-matched her 14th place finishing time from the 2018 Short Course World Championships, where she swam a 57.48. Both times are slower than her best in long course, though she hasn’t been a best time in this, he r best race, in short course or long course since 2017. 2nd place in the 100 fly went to Sofya Spodarenko (58.34) and 3rd was Natalya Mozhina (58.40).

Grigory Tarasevich won the men’s 200 back, his third medal but first gold of the competition. He previously placed 3rd in 100 back and the men’s 4×200 free relay. Tarasevich is coming off a busy month that includes a training camp and racing at the Budapest meet of the International Swimming League. He is expected to travel to Maryland in the United States next weekend to race at the US Derby stop of the ISL as well.

The 2nd-palce finisher in the 200 back was Roman Larin, with a 1:52.52, closely followed by Klement Kolesnikov with a time of 1:52.64. That was Kliment Kolesnikov’s eighth medal of the games (4G, 3S, 1B), placing him second in the medal rankings and tied for the most total medals.

In the men’s 50 breast, Andrey Nikolaev out-touched Kirill Strelnikov by 0.01, to win in a 26.25. Strelnikov’s time of 26.26 was just shy of his 4th-place ISL finish a few weeks ago in Budapest (26.24). Igor Golovin was 3rd in the50 breast with 26.72.

Final Medal Table

Gold Silver Bronze
1. Maria Kameneva 6 1 0
2. Clement Kolesnikov 4 3 1
3. Arina Surkova 4 2 2
4. Valdislav Grinev 4 2 1
5. Sergey Fesikov 3 2 0
6. Maria Temnikova 3 1 0
6. Svetlana Chimrova 3 1 0
8. Mikhail Vekovishchev 2 4 1
8. Daria Ustinova 2 4 1

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1 year ago

Well, I watched the races and Kirill Prigoda didn’t participate at these Russian SC Champs: the second place finisher in the 50 breastroke was Strelnikov, just one hundredth of a second behind Nikolaev (that’s correct).
And to talk about two great Russian young talents: Evgeniia Chikunova won the women’s 200 breastroke in 2.18.59. Her long, beautiful stroke suffers a lot in SC: I think she could swim a similar time next summer in LC at Tokyo (and it would be WR and probably gold medal); Ilya Borodin won the 400 Im in 4.04.90 northeless very weak underwaters: another great LC swimmer.