Russian Vlad Morozov Isn’t Surprised By Aquatics Audience Boos

Russian swimmer Vladimir Morozov was a member of his nation’s 4x100m freestyle relay last night in Rio. He and his teammates garnered a 4th place finish in the event, but the disappointment of falling short of the podium was overshadowed by the negative vibe in the air before the Russian squad even got wet.

24-year-old Morozov was one of the Russian swimmers originally banned from competing at the 2016 Olympic Games due to his name appearing within the McLaren Report. Although the former University of Southern California swimmer was ultimately cleared by both the Russian Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee, Morozov’s, as well as most Russian athletes’, road to Rio has left a bad taste in fans’ mouths.

As such, any Russian swimmer who stepped on deck so far in Rio – Morozov, Yulia Efimova – have been unmistakable booed by the audience. But, this is not surprising to Morozov.

Of the fans’ reaction, Morozov said, “It was expected”. He said he’s had a hard time the past two weeks and expected his Russian squad to land upon the podium, but the race didn’t go according to plan.

“Everything turned out quite differently. About us, I thought it will be the first or the second, but it did not work out.”

Morozov cranked out a 47.31 split, the fastest of the Russian quartet last night. He will have another couple of shots at a medal, as Morozov is competing in the men’s 50m and 100m freestyle events.

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Swimmom

Yes. Dopers should get booed.

hswimmer

I would’ve booed too, especially at Efimova.

Attila the Hunt

If only he had been more patient, not swum for Russia in London, and waited for his US citizenship to represent USA, he would have been on the top of that podium along with Phelps and Adrian getting his gold medal.

Joel Lin

US should have expedited his path to beig a citizen in 2012. He was naturalized living in the US for his entire high school career.

StayOut

So he could heat for us!? No thanks…not Russia’s fault he chose to dope. His times speak for themselves. Looked flat last night without his juice.

dmswim

Considering Russia was the party responsible for making his tests “disappear,” I would say it is Russia’s fault.

Mike

It does not appear that you know anything about his case.

Dan

Do you have info the rest of us do not?
If so, what is that info?

John

The rumor is that it was tried but immigration dept did not allow to expedite the process.

BORED FAN

Ask any professional athlete to wait 4 years for a chance at glory instead of taking that chance in the present and I guarantee you most would take the immediate opportunity. A lot can change in 4 years and even more so for a professional athlete. Their careers can end in seconds. Why do you think so many pro football players opt for more guaranteed money in their contracts that are also front loaded?

Jack

Yeah, but think about the information he had at the time. Lezak had retired, and Vlad had to make the decision before Adrian showed that he’d be a force to be reckoned with in the 100 instead of just the 50. And by all accounts Michael Phelps was leaving Team USA for good. Lochte was getting older and wasn’t a 100 specialist. And the relay 100 was never the best part of Jones’ program. Russia had what seemed to be the base for a gold-contending relay 4 years down the line. The U.S. relay looked like it was going to have to be built from the ground up after 2012. It’s only with the hindsight of knowing that Adrian would… Read more »

Pvdh

He should’ve known tho, America doesn’t rebuild. We reload

Anastasia

Well, thank you for the comment. It explains a lot.

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