While young Matheus Santana has been breaking Junior World Records in Brazil, Russia’s answer Evgeny Sedov has been lying in wait for this week’s Russian National Championships, where he hopes to snatch some of those away.
Sedov’s first two record-setting swims came in an event where Santana doesn’t hold the mark: the 50 fly. He swam a 23.56 in prelims and then a 23.30 in the semi-finals, which made him the top seed headed toward finals, broke the Russian Junior National Record, put him within a stone’s throw of the Russian Senior National Record, and makes him the first to swim a Junior World Record in the event.
The ‘standard to beat,’ not officially a Junior World Record, was a 23.61 done by New Zealand’s Daniel Bell at the 2008 Junior World Championships. Sedov was actually faster in a 23.48 at the end of March, but that swim was just days before the April 1st ‘open season’ set by FINA to start attacking these records.
Now Sedov will go after the 50 free record, where he was a 21.98 earlier this year, also before junior records were allowed. The official target there is Luke Percy’s 22.11, but based on this 50 fly, Sedov will be looking for under 22 seconds.
The bigger challenge will be the 100 free, which is Santana’s record and best event. Sedov has only been 49.23 in that race, and is really a better 50 freestyler than 100 freestyler, but he should still be within reach of Santana’s 48.35 set last week.