A quartet of Russian swimmers have crushed the Junior World Record in the 400 long course meter medley relay on Saturday at the 2015 European Games (which, for swimming, are the European Junior Championships).
The group of Filipp Shopin, Anton Chupkov, Daniil Pakhomov, and Vladislav Kozlov combined for a 3:36.38, which broke the record that was held by Russia already in 3:38.02 – a time done at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
Chupkov and Shopin were both members of the old record-setting relay as well.
- Shopin – 55.47
- Chupkov – 1:00.27
- Pakhomov – 51.55
- Kozlov – 49.09
The middle two splits of the relay are the true standouts. For Chupkov, this is his 2nd Junior World Record in the same day on Saturday – he also broke the individual 100 breaststroke standard earlier in the finals session.
Pakhomov is only 16 years old, and so will have the rest of this year and all of 2016 to chase the individual 100 fly Junior World Record of 51.91 – a time that he scared in the individual race earlier in the meet.
Chupkov and the anchor Kozlov are both 18 and thus in their final year as juniors; Shopin is just 17, but will be 18 at year’s end, meaning that he’s also at the end of this age bracket.