Oleg Kostin Breaks Russian 50 Fly Record Again in Saturday FInals


  • Tuesday, November 5 – Sunday, November 10, 2019
  • Kazan, Russia
  • Prelims 9 AM / Finals 6 PM (Local time)
  • Live Stream
  • Live Results

Oleg Kostin has undercut the Russian Record in the 50 fly for the 2nd straight day on Saturday at the Russian Swimming Championships. On Friday in the 50 fly semi-final, Oleg Kostin set a national Russian record, in 22.12, breaking Vlod Morozov’s previous mark of 22.17. Tonight, in the final, he was even faster, lowering the record to a 22.07. Alexander Popkov jumped up a ranking from semi-finals to 2nd place, swimming a 22.31, followed by Daniel Markov for third (22.40).

That ties him as the 5th-best performer in the history of the event:

  1. Nicholas Santos, Brazil – 21.75
  2. Steffen Deibler, Germany – 21.80
  3. Roland Schoeman, South Africa – 21.87
  4. Chad le Clos, South Africa – 21.95
  5. (TIE) Johannes Dietrich, Germany/Oleg Kostin, Russia – 22.07

This summer, Kostin also broke the Russian Record in the 50 fly in long course, swimming 22.70.

In the first individual final of the night, the top 3 swimmers, all teenagers, held their spots from semis to finals in the women’s 200 IM. Irina Krivonogova improved upon her prelim time of 2:13.77, winning the race in a 2:10.66. Alexandra Denisenko and Alexandra Tsvetkovska also both improved upon their prelim swims, finishing in 2:11.38 and 2:12.61 for silver and bronze, respectively. Kristina Dudkina (2:12.63) missed a podium position by just .02 seconds.

The first gold medal of the night went to team Moscow in the men’s 4×50 medley relay, with a time of 1:33.89. The team consisted of Clement Kolesnikov, Kirill Prigoda, Pavel Pakhomov and Vladislav Grinev. Behind them was St. Petersburg (1:34.43) for silver and the Penza Region for bronze (1:35.58).

3-time Olympian Anastasia Fesikova raced to victory in the 50 back final, swimming a 26.88. Fesikova currently holds the long course Russian 50 back record but was not fast enough to get under Maria Kameneva‘s short course record of 26.15. Marina Kravchenko dropped 0.72 seconds off of her prelim swim to win the silver medal. Behind Kravchenko was Nadezhda Vinyukova for bronze in a 27.15. Fesikova also took gold last year at this meet.

Maria Temnikova moved up from a third place semi-final ranking to take gold in the women’s 100 breast. She finished with a 1:04.95, followed by Nika Godun (1:05.14) and Tatiana Belonogoff (1:05.39). Notably absent from the race was 2016 Olympic silver medalist Yuliya Efimova. Efimova currently holds the national record in this event, at a 1:02.91.

Ilya Borodin won the men’s 400 IM in a 4:04.90, followed by Daniel Pasnykov (4:05.90) and Eduard Valiahmetov (4:06.70)

Semi-Finals Results

  • Sergey Fesikov, husband of Fesikova, was the top finisher in the men’s 100 free semi-final in 46.76, just ahead of Vladislav Grinev (46.77).
  • Andrey Nikolaev finished 1st the men’s 50 breast semi-finals in 26.17 – a lifetime best for him by two-tenths of a second.
  • Arina Surkova is the top qualifier in the women’s 100 fly in 56.40. She was more than a second ahead of the field in the semi-final, and just .01 seconds shy of Svetlana Chimrova’s Russian Record.
  • Maria Kameneva was 1st in the women’s 50 free semi-final, clocking a 23.79. Surkova qualified 2nd on just a 22-minute turnaround in 23.90.

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1 year ago

Isn’t Tatiana Belonogoff British? Or has she switched allegiance to Russia.

Reply to  Jeff
1 year ago

Yep, she was Euro Junior champ for GB in 2018 but is a dual national. She lives back in Russia now and will be representing them internationally I believe.