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
8 months ago

Omg

That guy
8 months ago

That’s just dirty

PFA
8 months ago

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

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
Reply to  PFA
8 months 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
8 months ago

USA vs RUS will be some race.

Swimmer
Reply to  Dee
8 months ago

It has always been hasn’t it?

DDias
Reply to  Swimmer
8 months ago

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It will be an amazing race!

AnEn
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
8 months 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.

John26
8 months ago

Based on his 100fly time this week, I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up dropping significant times off this

Prussia
8 months ago

Where is old man chambers

Jax
8 months ago

Wow! I could see all 8 finalists at Tokyo 2021 on the podium. Dressel,Chalmers,Apple,Scott,morozof,chiergini,correia,miressi,and now him or grinev, it’s gonna be one of if, not the best event in Tokyo!!!

Guy
Reply to  Jax
8 months ago

Are we just going to forget Ryan held?

iLikePsych
Reply to  Guy
8 months ago

The blasphemy about our lord and savior here…

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Guy
8 months ago

That’s the way he likes it.

Swimmer
Reply to  Jax
8 months ago

Morozov still has quite a shot he has barely been back in the water

PVSFree
Reply to  Jax
8 months ago

Frankly I’m just disappointed we only get (max) 2 Americans and 8 men in the Olympic final. This is going to be an absolutely stacked event.

joseph
8 months ago

Should be competing in the next Isl match with the ny breakers

swimfan210_
8 months ago

Man, that’s amazing. Wonder what he can do with more training/taper.

GA Swimmer
Reply to  swimfan210_
8 months ago

That is with a taper. I dont think he can improve much more than you are implying

Corn Pop
Reply to  GA Swimmer
8 months ago

You mean in a full competition with semis after a disrupted prep he had the physical & mental endurance to hit that on the last day .

AnEn
Reply to  Corn Pop
8 months ago

Why do you think that he had a disrupted prep? Also he went 49.x in the heats, at the olympics he will have to swim much faster to make it out of the heats.

Corn Pop
Reply to  AnEn
8 months ago

Hello .These championships were delayed from April . Think – there must h av e been za reason , what could it possibly be?

whever
Reply to  AnEn
8 months ago

He did have a disrupted prep. Stopped training due to quaratine in early April, and resumed training in mid/late June.

Last edited 8 months ago by whever
sven
Reply to  GA Swimmer
8 months ago

No one is ever tapered or rested.

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