Russia Breaks 4×50 Medley Relay World Record at Short Course World Championships

The Russian foursome of Stanislav DonetsSergei Geibel, Aleksandr Popov, and Evgeny Sedov combined to go a 1:32.78 in prelims of the 4×50 Medley Relay, thus chopping nearly a full second off the previous record held by Italy at 1:33.65.

The previous record had been established at the European Short Course Championships last December, although the standing of this record is slightly controversial in itself. The Russians had broken the 1:33.65 record in the finals of the European Championships last year with a 1:32.38 showing of their own, but after Russian backstroker Vitalii Melnikov tested positive for the hormone EPO, the Russians were stripped of their record status. Even more ridiculously, even though Italy swam faster in the finals of those Championships than they did in the prelims, their finals swim was never fully ratified by FINA, thus leaving us with a rather silly status for the 4×50 medley world record.

Nonetheless, the comparative splits for the old and new record are as follows:

2013 – Italy

Niccolo Bonacchi (23.95), Francesco Di Lecce (26.10), Piero Codia (22.68), Luca Dotto (20.92) – 1:33.65

2014 – Russia

Stanislav Donets (23.73), Sergei Geibel (25.96), Aleksandr Popov (22.47), Evgeny Sedov (20.62) – 1:32.78.

This could be a very short-lived world record as numerous teams cleared the old standard this morning. France (1:33.10), the United States (1:33.25), and Brazil (1:33.48) were all under the old record as well. With numerous substitutions likely to take effect before the finals of this race tonight, we may see plenty of teams clearing the new standard once again.

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Philip Johnson
8 years ago

Uhhh these mixed relays are so silly. Whatever to fill the time I guess.

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Reply to  Philip Johnson
8 years ago

It’s medley relay! all men

8 years ago

Brazil will go with guido França nicholas and cielo at final! France us russia and bra will go 1:31 1:30

8 years ago

I feel bad for not knowing but… is there another world class Russian swimmer named Aleksandr Popov? Minor spelling differences aside, what a name to live up to…

Reply to  Sven
8 years ago

AFAIK, he is actually the son of the greatest sprinter ever…..

Reply to  Sven
8 years ago

In the results he is actually listed as Aleksandr POPKOV, but I’m not sure if that is just a translation thing.

8 years ago

Brazil went with all reserves team. with guido França macedo And Cielo the Record can be destroyed. Only nicholas may be kept

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Varun Shivakumar hails from Hoffman Estates, IL and swam competitively for 16 years. He swam both backstroke events at Northwestern University, and ranks fifth in the school’s All-time performances list in the 200 yard backstroke. Representing NASA Wildcat Aquatics, he also competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials in Omaha, NE …

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