Russian Olympic Trials: Day 3 Finals Live Recap


Men’s 50 Breaststroke – Final

In the prelims of the men’s 50 breaststroke Kirill Prigoda set a new Russian recording qualifying for the finals in a time of 27.26. His record did not stand for long as Andrei Nikolaev won the event in a time of 27.14 beating the time Prigoda posted this morning.

Nikolaev is now tied for third in the world rankings while Prigoda is tied for fifth.

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Although Prigoda was not able to pull out the win in the non-Olympic event he has already qualified for Rio winning the 100 breaststroke yesterday in a time of 59.94.

Vsevolod Zanko finished third in a time of 27.70.

  1. Andrei Nikolaev – 27.14
  2. Kirill Prigoda – 27.31
  3. Vsevolod Zanko – 27.70
  4. Ilya Khomenko – 27.71
  5. Anton Lobanov – 27.85
  6. Grigorii Falko – 28.11
  7. Kirill Strelnikov – 28.36
  8. Sergei Geibel – 28.52

Women’s 200 Freestyle – Semi-Final

Olympic Qualifying Time – 1:58.12

Veronika Popova qualified for the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:57.80. Popova’s time is 32 one-hundredths of a second under the Olympic qualifying time. Popova finished sixth in this event at the 2012 Olympics in London and fourth in the event at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan.

She was well off her lifetime best of 1:56.16.

Viktoriia Andreeva finished with the second fastest time in the semi-finals recording a time of 1:58.12 tying the Olympic qualifying standard. Andreeva also swam this event in Kazan where she came 14th.

Arina Openysheva finished third in a time of 1:58.77.

  1. Veronika Popova – 1:57.80
  2. Viktoriia Andreeva – 1:58.12
  3. Arina Openysheva – 1:58.77
  4. Elena Sokolova – 1:59.93
  5. Daria Mullakaeva – 2:00.31
  6. Anna Egorova – 2:00.66
  7. Daria S Ustinova – 2:00.82
  8. Olesia Chernyatina – 2:01.61

Men’s 200 Freestyle – Final

Olympic Qualifying Time – 1:47.01

Aleksandr Krasnykh took the men’s 200 freestyle in a time of 1:47.00. He was the only man to go under the Olympic qualifying time of 1:47.01. Krasnykh had already qualified for the Russian Olympic team in the 400 freestyle earlier in the competition.

Krasnykh swam both the 200 and 400 freestyle in Kazan finishing seventh in the 200.

Nikita Lobintsev finished second in a time of 1:47.71.

Danila Izotov finished third in a time of 1:47.74. If Izotov had qualified to swim the event in Rio it would have been the third consecutive games where he competed in the 200 freestyle. He finished eighth in 2012 and ninth in 2008.

  1. Aleksandr Krasnykh – 1:47.00
  2. Nikita Lobintsev – 1:47.71
  3. Danila Izotov – 1:47.74
  4. Mikhail Dovgalyuk – 1:47.83
  5. Viacheslav Andrusenko – 1:48.06
  6. Alexander Sukhorukov – 1:48.34
  7. Stepan Surkov – 1:48.69
  8. Artem Lobuzov – 1:48.72

Women’s 100 Backstroke – Final

Olympic Qualifying Time – 1:00.05

Daria K Ustinova and Anastasia Fesikova both finished under the Olympic qualifying time of 1:00.05 booking their tickets to Rio. Ustinova won the event in a time of 59.78 tying her lifetime best which she put up at the 2014 Russian Championships. Fesikova hit the wall in a time of 59.91 well off her textile lifetime best of 58.97.

Fesikova finished sixth in the event in Kazan.

Irina Prikhodko finished third in a time of 1:00.72.

  1. Daria K Ustinova – 59.78
  2. Anastasia Fesikova – 59.91
  3. Irina Prikhodko – 1:00.72
  4. Maria Kameneva – 1:01.36
  5. Ekaterina Tomashevskaia – 1:01.47
  6. Polina Egorova – 1:01.75
  7. Polina Lapshina – 1:01.77
  8. Ekaterina Andreeva – 1:02.52

Men’s 100 Backstroke – Final

Olympic Qualifying Time – 53.99

For the second event in a row two swimmers dipped under the Olympic qualifying time. This time it was Evgeny Rylov and Grigory Tarasevich in the men’s 100 backstroke.

Rylov won the event in a time of 53.04 beating his best time of 53.14, which he recorded at the 2015 World Championships where he finished seventh. Rylov took the bronze in the 200 backstroke in Kazan and with that event yet to come he has set himself up well for a great performance.

Tarasevich finished second in a time of 53.20. Tarasevich has a season’s best of 53.03, which currently ranks sixth in the world. He also swam this event in Kazan, but failed to reach the final.

Andrei Shabasov and Mark Nikolaev tied for third both hitting the wall in a time of 54.22.

  1. Evgeny Rylov – 53.04
  2. Grigory Tarasevich – 53.20
  3. Andrei Shabasov – 54.22
  4. Mark Nikolaev – 54.22
  5. Nikita Ulyanov – 54.53
  6. Anton Butymov – 54.74
  7. Nikita Babchenko – 55.25
  8. Roman Larin – 55.95

Women’s 100 Breaststroke – Final

Olympic Qualifying Time – 1:07.54

With Yuliya Efimova out of the competition fighting a suspension over the use of meldonium it left the door open for another woman to claim the Russia crown in the 100 breaststroke. Daria Chikunova made the most of the opportunity and won the event in a time of 1:07.55, but missed the Olympic standard by one one-hundredth of a second.

Despite the heart break of missing the Olympic team by the narrowest of margins her performance in the event was extraordinary. Chikunova dropped almost a second and a half off her lifetime best coming into the meet with a best of 1:09.02, which she posted at the European Games in Baku.

Natalia Ivaneeva finished second in a time of 1:07.99 followed by Margarita Dryamina who hit the wall in a time of 1:08.61.

  1. Daria Chikunova – 1:07.55
  2. Natalia Ivaneeva – 1:07.99
  3. Margarita Dryamina – 1:08.61
  4. Alena Efimova – 1:08.72
  5. Alena Chekhovskikh – 1:09.14
  6. Maria Atashkina – 1:09.17
  7. Maria Temikova – 1:09.52
  8. Anna Belousova – 1:09.64

Men’s 200 Butterfly – Semi-Final

Olympic Qualifying Time – 1:55.88

Evgeny Koptelov was the top qualifier in the men’s 200 butterfly. Koptelov hit the wall in a time of 1:57.54 well off both the Olympic standard of 1:55.88 and his lifetime best of 1:54.79, which he posted en route to winning the Universiade last summer.

Alexsandr Kudashev, who swam this event in Kazan, finished second in a time of 1:58.00. He was followed by Alexsander Pribytok who touched in a time of 1:58.11.

  1. Evgeny Koptelov – 1:57.54
  2. Alexsandr Kudashev – 1:58.00
  3. Alexsander Pribytok – 1:58.11
  4. Daniil Pakhomov – 1:59.43
  5. Alexander Kharlanov – 1:59.83
  6. Nikolay Skvortsov – 2:00.03
  7. Sergey Strelnikov – 2:00.18
  8. Vladimir Kudryashov – 2:00.23

Women’s 200 IM – Semi-Final

Olympic Qualifying Time – 2:13.24

Irina Shvaeva was the fastest qualifier in the women’s 200 IM posting a time of 2:16.36. Shvaeva was not far off her lifetime best of 2:16.16, which she recorded earlier this year.

Shvaeva was followed by Viktoriia Andreeva who hit the wall in a time of 2:16.38. Andreeva, who swam this event in Kazan, was well off her lifetime best of 2:12.19, which she posted earlier this month in Stockholm. The time she put up in Sweden is over a second under the Olympic qualifying time of 2:13.24.

Kristina Vershinina finished third in a time of 2:16.64.

  1. Irina Shvaeva – 2:16.36
  2. Viktoriia Andreeva – 2:16.38
  3. Kristina Vershinina – 2:16.64
  4. Anastasia Osipenko – 2:16.94
  5. Elena Shipillo – 2:18.09
  6. Anna Belousova – 2:18.54
  7. Alexandra Kramarenko – 2:18.86
  8. Marina Namarenko – 2:19.31


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6 years ago

Very bad 200 free! Expected more.

Reply to  G3
6 years ago

With those times , they won’t be contesting any medal in the 800 free relay .

Reply to  G3
6 years ago

Wait for something special tonight…I predict first 100M UNDER WR pace…

6 years ago

Chikunova will go in Rio for the relay. I was waiting 2 qualifiers in the men’s 200 freestyle but generally it was a good day. Tomorrow I think Koptelov and Popova will make the team easily and I hope that Andreeva will book a place (twice maybe?) and also a second man (Kudashev) will qualify.

6 years ago

I think the russian standards are closest to the german standards of all nations, they are pretty “soft”. This gives me at least a bit of hope that the german trials wont be too slow, although i think they take place at least 2 weeks too late.

Reply to  thomaslurzfan
6 years ago

Sorry, i forgot a complete sentence, it shouldve been:
… they are pretty “soft”.
Russian trials are pretty fast so far (mens 100 back, mens 100 breast, womens 100 fly …).
This gives me at least …

Reply to  thomaslurzfan
6 years ago

I think those are relatively “normal” times, considering Russia and Germany aren’t strong enough for qualifying times like in AUS. We saw one possible outcome in France 😉

Reply to  Hatt
6 years ago

Its true that Germany and Russia dont have the same depth as Australia in most events, but the same is true for GB or France and those nations had much tougher standards. In my opinion everyone who qualifies should at least be able to reach the semifinal and the german/russian qualifying times are therefore very “appropriate” in my opinion. The question is: Which qualification pathway will produce better results in Rio? Which athletes are more likely to peak in Rio? I would completely understand it british/french swimming would only nominate swimmers who reach the standards, but they dont. In my opinion the french team wouldve had the same size if they wouldve used the german standards for example, which are… Read more »

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