Russian Men Knock Off 400 Medley Relay National Record For Bronze


The Russian men set a new National Record in the final of the 400 medley relay on the last night of the 2019 World Championships, becoming the fifth country in history to break the 3:29 barrier en route to the bronze medal.

The quartet of Evgeny RylovKirill PrigodaAndrei Minakov and Vlad Morozov put up a time of 3:28.81 to knock off their previous mark of 3:29.76 from the 2017 Championships in Budapest.

Minakov, who had a breakout performance with an individual silver in the 100 fly, is the only new member of the record-setting team. Aleksandr Popkov swam the butterfly leg two years ago.


Rylov and Prigoda were both over three-tenths faster than they were in Budapest, and then Minakov topped Popkov’s split by six-tenths in 50.54. Morozov was over three-tenths slower than he was previously but was still the third-fastest in the field.

Minakov was also the second-fastest in the field.

Russia, 2017 Worlds Russia, 2019 Worlds
Rylov – 52.89 Rylov – 52.57
Prigoda – 59.02 Prigoda – 58.68
Popkov – 51.16 Minakov – 50.54
Morozov – 46.69 Morozov – 47.02
3:29.76 3:28.81

The British men won gold in a new European Record of 3:28.10, led by a blazing 46.14 anchor from Duncan Scott, while the Americans took second in 3:28.45. They received the fastest fly leg ever from Caeleb Dressel in 49.28.

Russia is now the fifth-fastest country in the history of the event. They came in ranked seventh.


  1. United States (Peirsol, Shanteau, Phelps, Walters), 3:27.28 – 2009
  2. Great Britain (Greenbank, Peaty, Guy, Scott), 3:28.10 – 2019
  3. Germany (Meeuw, Feldwehr, Starke, Biedermann), 3:28.58 – 2009
  4. Australia (Delaney, Rickard, Lauterstein, Targett), 3:28.64 – 2009
  5. Russia (Rylov, Prigoda, Minakov, Morozov), 3:28.81

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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