Vladimir Morozov is having what you could call a good year since London.
He started out by winning both the 50 and 100 freestyle at the World Short Course Championships in Istanbul, setting a Russian national record in the 50 posting a time of 20.55. Then there was this little meet a few weeks ago, the NCAA Championships where he won the 100 yard freestyle in a time of 40.76, breaking Cesar Cielo’s NCAA record of 40.92. He also won the 50 yard freestyle and if that wasn’t enough he broke 18 seconds in a relay split posting a 17.86.
Less than a month later in the first four days Russian National Championships Morozov has won the 50 backstroke, breaking the national record in the semi-finals (24.80) and qualified for Barcelona in the 100 backstroke finishing second in a time of 53.70.
On day five of the event Morozov became the first person in the world this year to go under 48 in the 100 freestyle. The 20 year old Russian won the men’s 100 freestyle in a time of 47.93. Coming into the meet his best long course time had been 48.55 which he did at the Russian National Swimming Cup in June of last year.
Nikita Lobintsev and Danila Izotov were not far behind. Lobintsov posted a time of 48.17 just one one-hundredth of a second ahead of Izotov who finished in a time of 48.18.
Morozov’s night was not done there, he went on to record a 27.81 to qualify for the top spot in the 50 breaststroke final.
200 breaststroke Olympic bronze medalist Yuliya Efimova won the women’s 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:25.55. Even though the time is the second fastest done in the world this year there is still quite a gap between Efimova and Rikke Moller Pedersen who leads the world with a time of 2:20.53.
Irina Novikova, who turned 17 today, finished second in a time of 2:27.03 followed by Maria Temnikova who posted a time of 2:28.29. Both Efimova and Novikova were under the FINA A standard of 2:27.88.
17 year old Svetlana Chimrova, who earlier in the meet won the 50 butterfly in a new national record time of 26.33, took the 100 butterfly in a time of 58.51. The speedy Chimrova went out in a time of 26.99 well ahead of the field and held off the fast charging Irina Bespalov who finished second posting a time of 58.65. Both women were under the FINA A standard of 58.89.
Veronika Popova finished third in a time of 58.98.
Evgeny Kulikov won the men’s 800 freestyle in a time of 7:57.12 which is under the FINA A standard of 7:59.06.
After choosing to forgo the 200 backstroke because of a foot injury, Anastasia Zueva went on to win 100 backstroke in a time of 1:00.24 and today qualified first for the 50 backstroke final recording a time of 28.57. She was followed by 14 year old Daria Ustinova, who continues to have an outstanding meet. Ustinova posted a time of 28.75 breaking her own junior national record of 28.92.
The top two finishers in the women’s 100 freestyle qualified first and second for the 200 freestyle final. Veronika Popova was the top qualifier finishing in a time of 1:58.66 followed by Victoria Andreeva who posted a 1:59.51.
In the semi-finals of the men’s 100 butterfly Evengy Koptelov posted the top time of 52.28 followed by Nikita Konovalov who finished in a time of 52.57. The times currently rank third and fourth in the world.
Arkady Vyatchanin, winner of the 100 backstroke, qualified first for the 200 backstroke final in a time of 1:59.62.
Full results can be found here