Russians Take Down European Record In Mixed 4×50 Free Relay


The Russian quartet of Vladimir MorozovVladislav GrinevArina Surkova and Maria Kameneva closed out the penultimate night of finals at the European Short Course Championships with a bang, breaking the Continental Record in the mixed 4×50 freestyle relay.

Morozov opened things up in a blistering 20.65, the only lead-off swimmer sub-21, and then Grinev equalled that time with a flying start as they maintained a slight edge over France, who had Florent Manaudou drop a 20.09 swimming second for one of the fastest splits of all-time.

Surkova split 23.87 to put them second to the French going into the anchor, and then Kameneva clocked 23.14, the second-fastest female split in the field, to bring them in for gold and a final time of 1:28.31.

That edges out the previous European and Championship Record of 1:28.39 set by the Netherlands at the 2017 Championships in Copenhagen. That mark was set by Nyls KorstanjeKyle StolkRanomi Kromowidjojo and Femke Heemskerk.

Netherlands, 2017 Russia, 2019
Korstanje – 21.42 Morozov – 20.65
Stolk – 20.66 Grinev – 20.65
Kromowidjojo – 23.01 Surkova – 23.87
Heemskerk – 23.30 Kameneva – 23.14
1:28.39 1:28.31

The Russians also took out their previous National Record, which stood at 1:28.53 from the last edition of this meet in 2017.

Great Britain nabbed the silver medal in a time of 1:28.64, led by Anna Hopkin who had the top female leg in 23.13, and then France settled for bronze in 1:28.86. Both of those swims were National Records.

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Vasili Rajevski
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The mother land never disappoints💪

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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