Minakov Downs Chalmers’ 100 Free World Junior Record With 47.57

2020 RUSSIAN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

While competing on the final day of the 2020 Russian Swimming Championships, 18-year-old Andrei Minakov busted out the fastest 100m freestyle performance of his young career en route to clocking a new World Junior Record.

After hitting a semifinal swim last night of 49.48 to claim the 5th seed, Minakov blasted a monster 47.57 to take gold tonight in Kazan. The time overtakes his own previous personal best of 48.50 he produced in April of 2019. It also surpasses Australian Kyle Chalmers‘ long-standing World Junior Record of 47.58 he registered en route to topping the men’s podium as Olympic champion at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Minakov’s splits for his 47.57 tonight included the following versus Chalmers’ Olympic title-winning effort:

  • Minakov’s 47.57 NEW WJR: 22.84/24.73
  • Chalmers’ 47.58 OLD WJR: 23.13/24.44

Stanford-bound Minakov beat out domestic rival Vladislav Grinev for gold tonight with Grinev hitting a time of 48.38 as the runner-up. We published quotes from Grinev that the national record holder has been dealing with weight and strength issues and he’s not in the best shape at the moment. Grinev’s record was within striking distance tonight, but still remains at 47.43.

Alexander Shchegolev rounded out the top 3 in 48.38.

Minakov’s 47.57 effort tonight renders the teen as the world’s 16th fastest performer in the world all-time.

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Konner Scott
28 days ago

Omg

That guy
28 days ago

That’s just dirty

PFA
28 days ago

This is huge could set the stage for a potential Olympic medalist in this event

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
Reply to  PFA
28 days ago

How about Russia in the 400 free relay now? They have Morozov, Grinev, Minakov, and maybe Rylov. If all 4 are firing, they can certainly medal and be in the hunt for gold.

Dee
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
28 days ago

USA vs RUS will be some race.

Swimmer
Reply to  Dee
28 days ago

It has always been hasn’t it?

DDias
Reply to  Swimmer
28 days ago

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It will be an amazing race!

AnEn
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
28 days ago

They were a pretty safe medalist before this swim. Still don’t see them really challenging the US (based on individual times), but a lot can happen in the relay. I think it will be gold for the US, silver for Russia and bronze for Brazil, Italy or maybe France.

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