Rylov Posts Top Five Time to Win the 200 Backstroke at the Russian National Championships

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.

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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).


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Pretty good time for Rylov, considering he was born in 1996, but he only improved by 0.6 since 2014 youth olympic games, although he improved his 100 back time by more than 1s. I expected him to swim 1.55. I expected Popova to swim 1.56, so im rather disappointed by her time, but i guess russia will have a decent relay with popova, andreeva and openysheva. Are you sure that the name of the girl in 3rd place is valery ukrainian? I never heard of her. So this means that openysheva was 4th or worse and slower than 1.59.28, which is a really disappointing time for her. Lovtsova improved her pb by about 3s in 100 fly this year, although… Read more »


On the other hand it’s heartwarming to see Efimova swimming so well….


Im pretty sure it was some sort of conspiracy against efimova. The fact that she is swimming nearly as fast as before her ban proves everything. I mean who would be stupid enough to start doping again right after he was caught? This means that she didnt really use doping to improve her performance, someone must have mixed it into her food.


ThomasLurzFan — Was she being tested during her suspension?

Or it was an accident.


So if this was all some conspiracy against Efimova, why didn’t she contest the charge? Also the effects of doping last for long periods of time. Some studies have proved that the positive effects of doping can even last decades. So it isn’t exactly surprising that she is swimming as fast as ever.


Valeria Salamatina was 3rd!


ThomasLurzFan, It sounded in your comment like you are unaware Anastasia Zueva has married sprinter Sergey Fesikov and given birth to their first child since the London Olympics. Her name is now Fesikova, and she won the 50 back at Russian Trials. I don’t know about the 200 back, but the article states she has made the semi’s of the 100 back too.


Them genetics


I know that she gave birth to a child only a couple of months ago, but i read an interview with her and she said that she wants to swim sub 59 by rio, thats why i thought she would be faster by now.
She also said that she wants to focus on 50/100 free for now, but i forgot that.

Gina's Rhinestone

There is massive & cruel pressure on women to get back their figures after childbirth from all sides . Now they are expected to go sub 59 for the 100 back as well.

Some babies won’t even let mums leave the room to go to the bathroom , never mind the gym & pool for 5 hours.

Gheez – think about the Bub .it is up to them .


Team Rwanda

Nobody is expecting her to do anything. The sub 59 on the 10 back is a goal she fixed herself. If she can handle all that you listed and find a time for practice, good for her.

Team Rwanda

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It definitely looks like the russian men will have 3 solid relays this year.

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