Miron Lifintsev Drops 52.34 In 100 Backstroke, Breaks Kliment Kolesnikov’s World Junior Record


The second night of the 2024 Russian Swimming Championships got off to a fast start with a new World Junior record in the men’s 100 backstroke.

After already making his mark on these championships with a massive best time of 52.66 on Sunday, 18-year-old Russian teenager Miron Lifintsev cranked out a new World Junior Record with his gold medal-winning time of 52.34. His swim comfortably overtook the previous record of 52.53 set by Kliment Kolesnikov at the 2018 European Championships.

Lifinsev’s record-breaking time was largely due to his fast opening speed, where he flipped almost two tenths under record pace at the halfway mark, 25.34 to 25.53. He matched Kolesnikov’s last 50 down to the hundredth to break the record by 0.19.

Splits Comparison:

Miron Lifintsev‘s New World Junior Record:
Kliment Kolesnikov‘s Previous World Junior Record From 2018:
First 50m 25.34 25.53
Second 50m 27.00 27.00
Total Time 52.34 52.53

Former record holder Kolesnikov was in tonight’s race, and he took runner-up status with a respectable clocking of 52.80. Last July, he notched a 51.82 in this event to become the 2nd fastest performer of all-time. 2021 Olympic Champion Evgeny Rylov (53.13) touched 5th in the final tonight, well off his best time of 51.97 from 2019.

Lifintsev has showcased a steady progression in this event over the past two years, starting with his 55.12 from July of 2022 when he was just 16-years-old. He has now broken 53-seconds on three separate occasions.

Lifintsev’s Progression In The 100m Backstroke:

Final Time Month/Year
55.12 July 2022
54.74 April 2023
53.52 April 2023
53.27 July 2023
53.14 July 2023
52.96 July 2023

Lifintsev’s Top 5 100m Backstroke Performances:

  1. *52.34 — April 2024, Russian Championships
  2. 52.66 — April 2024, Russian Championships
  3. 52.96 — July 2023, Russian Swimming Cup
  4. 53.14 — July 2023, Russian Swimming Cup
  5. 53.27 — July 2023, Russian Swimming Cup

Lifintsev now ranks 3rd overall in the world so far this season. For comparison’s sake, his time from semifinals (52.62) as well as his new record swim (52.34) would have both won the recent Doha World Championships. American Hunter Armstrong won that race with a time of 52.68, although he’s been a much faster 51.98 during his storied career.

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1 month ago

Always thought it was gonna be Diehl getting it

1 month ago

what a cancerous comment section

Reply to  maverick1993
1 month ago

Team sports: if a team you don’t like does well blame injuries + refs. Individual sports: if an individual from a country you don’t like does well blame steroids

Reply to  Facts
1 month ago

Or be suspicious of a country that has historically had a decade long State sponsored doping program when people you’ve never heard of drop lots of time very quickly

1 month ago

We’ve been used to the same four people in the 100 Back by now (Ceccon, Murphy, Armstrong, Xu) but the Russians always a set of backstrokers ready to pounce and extreme depth as well, despite not being able to compete internationally.

1 month ago

Thought Kolesnikov would be much faster, maybe he’s losing motivation because of Russia’s ban

1 month ago

Los Angeles 2028, or Brisbane 2032

Emily Se-Bom Lee
1 month ago

not sure rylov qualifies as a “defending” olympic champion

Reply to  Emily Se-Bom Lee
1 month ago

finish your thought…. expand a bit my anonymous internet friend

Emily Se-Bom Lee
Reply to  John
1 month ago

rylov is an olympic champion, I’m not debating that. but he is barred from swimming in paris, and is therefore not in a position to defend his titles. his window to defend has already ended, just as it would for anyone who misses the olympic team or final

1 month ago

Lifintsev was 55.12 in July 2022, 52.96 in July 2023 (when it was clear his huge talent) and now 52.34 in April 2024. At this rate of progression he could be under 52″ in July 2024.
Quick note about the third of the final, Dmitry Savenko (52.90, new PB): he’s perhaps the tallest swimmer I’ve ever seen; Kolesnikov looked small in the post-race interview

Last edited 1 month ago by nuotofan
Reply to  nuotofan
1 month ago

Wow, no kidding about Savenko. Hard to believe Kolesnikov is 6’6” when he looks like a midget next to Savenko, like a whole head shorter.


Reply to  BairnOwl
1 month ago

I think he might actually be 7 foot haha

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Reply to  nuotofan
1 month ago

Or he can be gone by next year like Franko Grkic. Nothinf is ever guaranteed.

1 month ago

Why does Russia men produce so many more backstrokers then other strokes?