Russia & USA Tie For Men’s 4×50 Medley Relay Championships Record


Another FINA Short Course World Championships final saw another tie, as the Russian Swimming Federation and the United States each touched in 1:30.51 to take co-gold here on day 5 in Abu Dhabi. They matched the Championships Record in the process.

Russia was the early leader, as backstroking ace Kliment Kolesnikov fired off an opening split of 22.76. He and Brazilian Gabriel Fantoni (22.84) were the only sub-23 second swimmers of the beginning leg, while American Shaine Casas was 23.11.

Next up for RSF was Kirill Strelnikov who produced a breaststroke split of 25.62, sending the squad into 3rd place while American Nic Fink swam lights out to a 25.13 leg to give the stars n’ stripes the edge.

Former Cal Bear Tom Shields busted out a super quick 21.75 while RSF’s Andrei Minakov was only .01 behind in 21.76 to make it a two-team battle. Italy’s Matteo Rivolta was also under 22 seconds in 21.95 to move his squad up to the 3rd spot ahead of Brazil.

Finally, another former NCAA swimmer in Vlad Morozov unleashed a 20.37 anchor to bring RSF to the wall at the same time as American Ryan Held who touched in 20.52. Of note, Italy’s Lorenzo Zazzeri was lightning quick in 20.29, the fastest of the field.

In terms of the Championships Record, the former mark stood at the 1:30.51 Brazil threw down 7 years ago at the 2014 edition for these Short Course World Championships in Doha.

Splits comparison among the trio of relays:

2021 RSF Kolesnikov – 22.76
2021 USA Casas – 23.11
2014 BRA Guilherme Guido – 23.42

2021 RSF Strelnikov – 25.62
2021 USA Finc – 25.13
2014 BRA Felipe Franca Silva – 25.33

2021 RSF Minakov – 21.76
2021 USA Shields – 21.75
2014 BRA Nicholas Santos – 21.68

2021 RSF Morozov – 20.37
2021 USA Held – 20.52
2014 BRA Cesar Cielo – 20.08

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9 months ago

Great, thanks for sharing this article. 

11 months ago

Russia should’ve gone with Kostin on BR. Dude can throw down a 25.3

11 months ago

Hate when people dismiss Cielo’s accomplishments as just being a product of the super suit era. Granted that his 100 free time was definitely suit aided, he’s on a very short list of the best sprinters of all time.

Reply to  ibelieve
11 months ago

He was pretty consistently 21.3-21.4 after the suit era, pre-injuries. He would’ve medaled at any of the recent OGs with those times and had he not blown out his shoulder in 2015, I think he would’ve been the Olympic champion in 2016. Also one of the most clutch swimmers in history–his season-best times were nearly always in the final of OG/WC. Hawke calls him the greatest big-time swimmer ever.

Reply to  ibelieve
11 months ago

It’s probably also because he’s tested positive for a banned substance before, even if it was handwaved

11 months ago

well thats a new one for me… have we ever seen 3 teams co-opt a record like this??

Big Mac #1
11 months ago

Brazils back half in 2014 was insane

Reply to  Big Mac #1
11 months ago

It was probably Cielo best SC competition ever.. the same where he went 44,74 on the 4×100 medley

11 months ago

The Gordian knot of ties

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