2021 FINA SHORT COURSE SWIMMING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Thursday, December 16th – Tuesday, December 21st
- Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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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