Russians Break Another Junior World Record, This Time in 400 Medley Relay

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 ShopinAnton ChupkovDaniil 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.

In This Story

Leave a Reply

5 Comment threads
0 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
4 Comment authors
newest oldest most voted

51.55 fly split for a 16 year old is bananas.


51.55 is crazy. And given the speed at which most swimmers improve in their mid-teens, could he be in with a shot at making Russia’s Olympic squad? Korotyshkin is getting on a bit now…


Shopin was 0.5 faster at this meet already, i think with Shopin at his best and a good freestyler this record couldve been at least 1s faster. Pakhomov had a time of 52.7 in the 100 fly final only a couple of minutes earlier (and nearly lost the gold medal), therefore its pretty surprising that he had a time of 51.5 in the relay. Russia has great talents in pretty much every event except IM. Mens 50/100 free: Sedov Mens 1500 free: Maksumov (1998, 15.13.90) Mens 100/200 breast: Chupkov (1997, 1.00.65, 2.10.85) Mens 100/200 back: Rylov (1996, 53.17, 1.56.44) Mens 100/200 fly: Pakhumov (1998, 52.13, 1.57.04) Womens 50/100 free: Kameneva (1999, 25.01, 54.99) Womens 100/200/400 free: Openysheva (1999, 54.95, 1.58.22,… Read more »

About Braden Keith

Braden Keith

Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

Read More »

Want to take your swimfandom to the next level?

Subscribe to SwimSwam Magazine!