Multitude of WJRs, Russian Records Fall at Russian SC Nationals


  • Saturday, November 18th to Wednesday, November 22nd
  • Kazan, Russia
  • SCM
  • Full results

A number of European, Russian, and World Junior Records were broken over the course of five days at the Russian Short Course Nationals earlier this week.

To kick things off on day one, 17-year-old Kliment Kolesnikov set a new World Junior Record in the 100 back, clocking in a 50.44. The previous mark was held by Kacper Stowoski at 50.53. Kolesmimkov also holds the junior World Record in the 50 back.

21-year-old Svetlana Chimrova followed up with a new Russian record in the 200 fly, at 2:04.36. In the same race, Alexandra Sabitov set a new Russian youth record in 2:07.34.

On day two, 25-year-old Oleg Kostin broke the Russian and European records in the 100 breast, going 56.16 for the gold for his fifth straight year. Kliment Kolesnikov re-broke his own 100 back World Junior Record from day one prelims, going 49.84. For the final record of day two, Eduard Valiakhmetov went 4:04.23 in the men’s 400 IM for a new Russian youth record.

Kliment Kolesnikov continued his stellar meet with another World Junior Record to start off day three, going 23.42 in the 50 back to tie Kacper Stowoski‘s record. He followed up that swim with a new Russian record (and European youth record) in the 200 IM at 1:53.36. Next up was a new Russian record in the women’s 4×100 free relay. The team from St. Petersburg, Veronica AndrusenkoMaria Kameneva, Daria Kartashova, and Daria Ustinovawent 3:34.36.

Day four began, once again, with a new World Junior Record from Kliment Kolesnikov. He downed his previous record from day three prelims in 23.28. Svetlana Chimrova went 56.39 for a new Russian record, and Alexandra Sabitov set a Russian youth record in 57.37. In the women’s 50 free, Rozaliya Nasretdinova downed the Russian record in 23.64.

For the backstroke record sweep, and the final record of the meet, Kliment Kolesnikov began day five by breaking the Russian youth record in the 200 back, going 1:49.99.

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5 years ago

The future of Russian swimming certainly looks bright. I just hope they are clean. Based on recent history I have to be a little skeptical.

5 years ago

Just for fun (nearly 3 years are a very long period in swimming), but Russian perspectives in the men’s medley relay towards Tokyo2020 looking great: Rylov and Kolesnikov in the backstroke, Chupkov, Prigoda, Kostin in the breastroke, Kuimov, Minakov and Popkov in the fly, Morozov and Girev in the free.
Apart Morozov, all young swimmers (Kolesnikov, Chupkov, Kuimov, Minakov, Girev very young).

5 years ago

To note that Alexandra Sabitova was born in 2004! So her 57.37 in 100 fly and 2.07.34 in 200 fly are quite impressive.

And, apart Kolesnikov (who didn’t swim in Indy), at these SC Nats were absent the other great Russian youngsters (Girev, Kuimov, Minakov) who swam great performances at last Junior Worlds.

Russia has really great talents and now, perhaps, also the training program to develop them.

5 years ago

How many 56s breaststrokers does Russia have?? Never heard of this guy and there were at least 2 others through the world cups. How has this not translated to LCM?

“Training cycles”???

Reply to  Murica
5 years ago

At last LC Worlds, Prigoda was bronze in 100 breast with a 59.05 and Zanko swam 59.56 in prelims, Chupkov won the 200 breast and also Khomenko was finalist, and then there is Kostin…, so the Russian breaststrokers swam great performances already last summer in LCM.

Coach Mike 1952
5 years ago

Great swims. One journalistic point – it is not clear at places in the article just which events the athletes are swimming. Can that be corrected? It would make reading much easier. Thank you.

5 years ago

Kolesnikov is the next big thing in swimming…

Reply to  Emanuele
5 years ago

Agreed. I was struck by his lack of muscularity for someone that fast so young. He’s lanky. Built very much like Aaron Peirsol.

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