Russia Sending Impressive 8 to Youth Olympic Games

At the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, the Russians had a solid performance with 9 total medals, including two golds. By the golds-first methodology, that put them 6th overall.

In 2014, however, the Russians could be a dominant force and battle the deep Australians and Chinese for top spots on the medals table after naming a powerful 8 (the maximum allowed) for the event.

Of those 8 swimmers, all can reasonably be expected to walk away with one medal, and almost all of them could take a gold based on the times from 2010 (though, the meet will surely get at least deeper, if not faster).

The Russians have a lot of great young talent, and after absolute domination of the European Junior Championships last year (they took 22 out of 42 gold medals), they’ll be hungry to prove it on a world stage as well. With Evgeny Sedov, one of the fastest junior sprinters in history, and a swimmer already a bona-fide world-class swimmer compared to any age, leading the way, this should be a successful meet as well.

Note that the Daria Ustinova below, while a great backstroker as well, is not the really well-known backstroke that recently broke the 200 back Junior World Record.

Girls (14-17)

Rozaliya Nasretdinova (50 free/24.95; 100 free/55.05; 50 back/29.88; 50 fly/26.56)
Daria Ustinova (From St. Petersburg – 100 free/55.90; 200 free/2:01.84; 100 back 1:01.69
Irina Prikhodko (200 back/2:11.72)
Daria Mullakaeva (200 free/2:00.85)

Boys (15-18)

Evgeny Sedov (50 free/21.98; 100 free/49.23; 50 back 25.47; 50 fly/23.28; 100 fly/54.16)
Filipp Shopin (50 back/26.06; 100 back/56.54; 50 fly/24.69)
Evgeny Rylov (200 back/1:58.85; 100 back/55.35; 50 back/26.30)
Anton Chupkov (100 breast/1:02.00; 50 breast/28.77; 200 breast/2:13.73

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7 years ago

Anyone know the lineup and times of australia? Looking forward to the medley relay.. 56:01, 1:02:33, 55:06 and 48:31 (bra Times)

And Of course.. the US Team..

7 years ago

I dont like the rule that you can only send 4 swimmers of each gender, that actually makes most of the relays pretty senseless, since no country will probably send 4 freestyle specialists or 4 100m specialists. I think it would be better if for example every country can only send 4 swimmers of each gender for individual events and some other swimmers to fill up the relays.

Reply to  Braden Keith
7 years ago

But most countries send the “Best” times (Points) of all swimmers.. So it is pretty much to luck.. you can have a team where you have a backstroker, a flyer, a breast and a freestyler or end up with 2 3 freestylers..

Reply to  thomaslurzfan
7 years ago

I agree, I think they should consider doubling it (8 for each gender). It would make the meet faster and deeper.

Reply to  thomaslurzfan
7 years ago

Wait, this is a thing? At what level or swimming are teams limited to 8 people total? Not the Olympics, Worlds, NCAAs, Europeans, SC Worlds, World Cup, Grand Prix, Pan Pacs, Commonwealths, Asian Games or any other high level swim meet I can think of.

How is it in any way indicative of the best young swimmers in each event? Lots of qualified people couldn’t swim. For the US or Australia, where it’s possible that they could be sporting five or six potential individual champs, that means that over the course of the meet, potential events winners and multiple medallist will be left out, and those that win will have their achievements cheapened b the fact that the meet… Read more »

bob the builder
7 years ago

Do the countries choose who goes? If so, is Michael Andrew on top of the list?

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