Evgeny Rylov Wins 200 Back in Dominant Fashion at Russian Championships (Day 4)


After a sleepy semi-final in the men’s 200 backstroke, the defending World and European Champion Evgeny Rylov exploded in finals with a 1:54.00 to take the title.

Much like in the 100 back earlier in the meet, Rylov and the teenager Kliment Kolesnikov slow-played their hands through the early rounds before overtaking Grigory Tarasevich in the final to land their spots in Gwnagju. Kolesnikov took 2nd in 1:56.07, which is actually slower than he went last year at this meet (when he wound up adding a bunch of time for Euros); and Tarasevich took 3rd in 1:57.54.

There were no Russian open records set on the 4th day of competition in Moscow, but there was a Junior Record broken in the most thrilling finish of the day. In the men’s 800 free timed final, Ilya Druzhinin, winner of the 1500 free earlier in the meet, was pushed stroke-for-stroke by 17-year old Alexander Egorov. At the finish, the two were separated by a mere .01 seconds, with Druzhinin finishing 1st in 7:52.03, and Egorov taking 2nd in 7:52.04. Egorov’s time is a new Russian Junior Record, breaking Yaroslav Potapov’s 2017 record of 7:55.95. Potapov finished 5th in the race in an 8:01.

Other Day 4 Winners:

  • Maria Kameneva continued her dominant run at the meet by adding a win in the women’s 50 freestyle. She topped the table in 24.32, which just missed her own Russian Record of 24.21. That adds to earlier wins in the 100 free and 50 back; she was 3rd in the 100 back semi-finals, before skipping the final.
  • Svetlana Chimrova missed a qualifying standard in the women’s 100 fly, swimming 57.98 to win. The standard set by Russia is 57.92 – which she cleared easily in the semi-finals with a 57.63, but missed in the final. Earlier in the meet, she also missed the standard (in all 3 rounds) in the 200 fly, citing health problems earlier in the year that hospitalized her for a week.
  • Veronika Andrusenko, after winning the 400 free earlier in Russian Record fashion, dominated the women’s 200 free by a surprising margin. She swam a 1:57.00, with Anna Egorova taking 2nd in 1:58.30. Valeria Salamatina (1:58.53) and Victoria Belyakova (1:58.92) rounded out the top 4.
  • Moscow topped the 400 mixed medley relay in 3:46.13, with Vladislav Grinev lighting-up another big anchor split in 47.47.

Semi-Finals Highlights:

  • Kiril Prigoda and Anton Chupkov went 59.82 and 59.83, respectively, in the men’s 100 breast semi-final out of opposite heats.
  • Anna Belousova is the top qualifier in the women’s 100 breaststroke after a 1:06.46 that crushed her old lifetime best by almost 2 seconds. Yulia Efimova qualified 2nd in 1:06.85, and 14-year old Evgenia Chikunova followed up her 2:22 win in the 200 breaststroke with a 1:08.32 to qualify 3rd in the 100.
  • Martin Malutin crushed his best time in the 200 free, taking the top qualifying spot in 1:46.28 – more than a second ahead of his old best and jumping him into 7th place in the world this season.

Individual Time Standards + Top 2 Places Achieved Through 4 Days


Alexander Krasnykh 400 free 3:45.55
Martin Malyutin 400 free 3:46.67
Oleg Kostin 50 fly 22.74
Andrey Zhilkin 50 fly 23.06
Evgeny Rylov 100 back 52.84
Kliment Kolesnikov 100 back 53.03
Anton Chupkov 200 breast 2:07.00
Alexander Palatov 200 breast 2:08.70
Ilya Druzhinin 1500 free 14:59.86
Vladislav Grinev 100 free 47.65
Vlad Morozov 100 free 48.04
Andrey Zhilkin 200 IM 1:58.35
Andrey Nikolaev 50 breast 27.12
Kiril Prigoda 50 breast 27.17
Evgeny Rylov 200 back 1:54.00
Kliment Kolesnikov 200 back 1:56.07
Ilya Druzhinin 800 free 7:52.03
Alexander Egorov 800 free 7:52.03


Yulia Efimova 50 breast 30.43
Anna Belousova 50 breast 30.98
Veronika Andrusenko 400 free 4:06.01
Anna Egorova 400 free 4:06.79
Anastasia Avdeeva* 200 back 2:09.89
Daria K. Ustinova* 200 back 2:10.30
Maria Kameneva 100 free 53.8
Evgenia Chikunova 200 breast 2:22.67
Maria Teminkova 200 breast 2:23.45
Maria Kameneva 50 back 27.66
Daria Vaskina 50 back 27.74
Anastasia Kirpichnikova 1500 free 16:16.04
Maria Kameneva 50 free 24.32
Veronika Andrusenko 200 free 1:57.00
Anna Egorova 200 free 1:58.30

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3 years ago

Is there an article about the MONSTER 2:07.00?

3 years ago

Men’s 50 back was curious in prelims.

Reply to  John
3 years ago

It looks like something went wrong with the timing system. The reaction time of all swimmers in the 6th heat were not recorded. The results of all other events on the same day have been updated in FINA world rankings but the result of 50 back has not.

Reply to  John
3 years ago

True. I don’t know what happened to Nikolaev after that, he didn’t swim the 200 either.

Reply to  Brownish
3 years ago

If reaction time was added to the result, his time would be 24.8 or 24.9, which is much more normal.

Reply to  SNY
3 years ago

This can be the cause that the semis and final were generally much slower than the prelims.
FINA could count with the final (Kolesnikov 24.77, Rylov 24.83) and other prelims (Tarasevich 24.88 from the 7th) in world rankings.

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