50 backstroke junior world record holder Evgeny Rylov took the men’s 200 backstroke with ease posting a time of 1:56.44. Rylov beat his previous best of 1:57.08, which he posted last year at the Youth Olympics finishing second to Li Guangyuan.
His time now puts him fourth in the world rankings.
Rylov’s time also beats the World Championships qualifying standard.
Gregory Tarasevich finished second, nearly two seconds behind, touching in a time of 1:58.36. He was followed by Nikita Babchenko who recorded a 2:00.32.
Women’s 200 freestyle – Finals
Veronika Popova and Victoria Andreeva had an incredible race for the gold in the women’s 200 freestyle. Popova had a lead of 36 one-hundredths of a second at the 100 meter mark turning in a time of 56.87 followed by Andreeva who hit the halfway mark in a time of 57.23. Andreeva chipped away at Popova’s lead in the second half of the race but ran out of pool finishing second by six one-hundredths.
Popova took the championship in a time of 1:57.42 followed by Andreeva who touched in a time of 1:57.48.
Both women made the World Championships qualifying time.
Valery Ukrainian finished third in a time of 1:59.28.
Women’s 100 butterfly – Final
Natalya Lovtsova took the women’s 100 butterfly in a time of 58.27 which puts her under the World Championships time standard. Lovtsova destroyed her previous lifetime best of 1:00.89 which she put up earlier this year.
Anna Polyakova won the silver in a time of 58.49 followed by Svetlana Chimrova who recorded a 58.75.
Women’s 50 freestyle
Aleksandra Gerasimenya of Belarus won the women’s 50 freestyle in a time of 24.72 which places her seventh in the world rankings. Natalia Lovtsov finished second in a time of 24.93, which is under the World Championships qualifying standard.
Maria Kameneva collected the bronze in a time of 25.01.
Men’s 50 backstroke
Vladimir Morozov won his only event of the evening taking the men’s 200 backstroke in a time of 24.93. He was followed by Nikita Ulyanov who recorded a 25.13.
Both men finished under the World Championships qualifying standard.
Gregory Tarasevich finished third in a time of 25.27.
Women’s 100 backstroke – Semi-finals
Daria K Ustinova is heading into the women’s 100 backstroke final with the top qualifying time of 1:00.42. Anastasia Fesikova had the next fastest time of 1:00.73 followed by Irina Prikhodko who touched in a time of 1:01.29.
Men’s 100 butterfly – Semi-finals
Vyacheslav Prudnikov put up the fastest time in the men’s 100 butterfly semi-final posting a 52.05. He was followed by Evgeny Koptelova who recorded a 52.23 and Alexander Popkov who touched in a time of 52.66.
Women’s 200 IM – Semi-finals
Yulia Efimova was the top qualifier in the women’s 200 IM recording a time of 2:15.42. She was followed by Victoria Andreeva (2:16.49) and Ranlon Amanova (2:16.66).
Men’s 200 freestyle – Semi-finals
The men’s 200 freestyle final is shaping up to be a strong race as Danila Izotov was the top qualifier posting 1:47.59 followed by Nikita Lobintsev (1:47.78) and Vyacheslav Andrusenko (1:48.01).
Women’s 100 breaststroke – Semi-finals
Efimova was the top qualifier in her second event of the evening posting a 1:07.26 in the women’s 100 breaststroke semi-final. Natalia Ivaneeva (1:08.40) was the next fastest qualifier followed by Vitalina Simonova (1:08.55).