EUROPEAN SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017
- December, 13th to 17th
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- 25m course
- Entry lists
- Live timing
- Webcast (for Europe)
The Russian quartet of Vladimir Morozov, Aleksandr Popkov, Kliment Kolesnikov, and Kirill Prigoda combined for a time of 1:30.44, breaking the World Record previously held by Brazil.
Brazil went their 1:30.51 back in 2014, at the World SC Championships in Doha. When looking at the comparative splits, it was Russia’s front half that pushed them far enough ahead of the record. 17-year-old Kolesnikov led off in a World Junior record 22.83, which made up a ton of ground on the old record.
On the end, Nicholas Santos and Cesar Cielo were actually faster than Popkov and Morozov, respectively. That didn’t matter, though, because the Russians’ overall time was clocked at 1:30.44, .07 ahead of the World Record.
|OLD RECORD||NEW RECORD|
|Felipe Franca||25.33||25.26||Kirill Prigoda|
Notably, this relay is made up of 3 of the 4 legs from the Russian relay that placed 5th at those 2014 World Champs. Their lead-off was Sergei Fesikov (23.45), significantly slower than Kolesnikov today. They were all slower in 2014, in fact– Prigoda was 25.96, Popkov 22.31, and Morozov 20.43.