Vlad Morozov Breaks Russian Record in 50 Back on Day 1

2018 Russian Swimming Championships

In spite of saying pre-meet that he would focus on just the 50 and 100 frees, Vlad Morozov got his first win of the 2018 Russian Championships in the 50 meter backstroke. He touched 1st in 24.35, beating out 17-year old Kliment Kolesnikov, who was 2nd in 24.46.

That’s a new Russian Record for Morozov, and each of the top two were faster than the old record of 24.52 done by Morozov in 2014. The swims also give Russia the top 2 times in the world so far in the 2017-2018 season. Kilesnikov’s time is a new Russian Junior Record.

In one of the most loaded races of the meet, the top 4 finishers were all under the qualifying time for the European Championships, with Morozov and Kolesnikov sealing up their first qualifications for the meet. Sergey Fesikov took 3rd in 24.79, and Grigory Tarasevich, who represented Russia at Worlds last year in this event, was just 5th in 24.86.

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That was one of two Russian Records broken on the day. Oleg Kostin cracked the national record in the 50 fly previously held by Evgeny Korotyshkin. Kostin swam a 23.14, with Korotyshkin’s old mark standing a tenth slower at 23.24. Nikita Korolev took 2nd in 23.42, followed by a tie for 3rd between Alexander Sadovnikov and Andrey Minakov in 23.59. The qualifying standard for Euros was a 23.48 – which means that only Kostin did enough to earn an automatic invite in the event. Korolev swam on Russia’s 400 free relay at Worlds last year (men’s and mixed), so if he qualifies for that race again, he should be given an opportunity to fill one of the 4 allowed spots in this race for Russia.

Other Finals Results

  • Alexander Krasnykh won the men’s 400 free in 3:45.84, followed by Vyacheslav Andrusenko in 3:47.25. Both swimmers qualify for Euros with those results. For Krasnykh, that misses his best time, done at Worlds last year, by .05 seconds. Andrusenko’s time was a personal best by a hair-short of 2 seconds.
  • Irina Krivogonova won the women’s 4oo IM in 4:47.46, taking a narrow half-a-second win over her training partner Sophia Chichaykina (4:47.99). Neither swimmer was under the time standard for Euros.
  • Anna Egorovoa won the timed-final women’s 800 free by almost 10 seconds, touching in 8:30.66. That won’t earn her a spot at Worlds, but it is a 6-second drop for the 19-year old Kaliningrad swimmer.
  • St. Petersburg won the women’s 400 free relay in 3:42.48, with Veronika Andrusenko spiltting 53.88 on a rolling start to lead the way.
  • Moscow won the men’s relay in 3:14.48, with all 4 of their legs splitting sub-49. That included a 48.76 anchor from Morozov and Andrey Zhilkin splitting a field-best 48.36 on the 2nd leg.

Finals Results By Event (in Russian)



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Sum Ting Wong
4 years ago

SwSw ers struggling with Cryllic translations . Think of US Ambassador Jon Huntsman who , is alone Russianless in Moscow after Putin put his translater on the plane with the other 40 .

4 years ago

Holy hell, did I read that right? 24.3 is insane, Morozov isn’t even a backstroker! With his short course IM and even his yards swims, I’d say he’s as dominant as Manaudou

4 years ago

Little-known fact: Morozov represented Russia in the 100 Back in London with Vyatchanin.

bobo gigi
4 years ago

So, if I’m right, so far on day 2

Men’s 100 breast final
1. Chupkov 59.15
2. Prigoda 59.27

Women’s 100 fly final
1. I presume 🙂 Chimrova 57.39
2. I presume Aleksandra Sabitova born in 2004 58.18

Men’s 100 free semifinals
1. Morozov 48.34
2. Izotov 48.56
3. Kolesnikov 48.62
11. Minakov born in 2002 49.49

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

You are correct

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Chupkov is in great shape, I think that is his PB.
WR in the 200 breast?

Reply to  Emanuele
4 years ago

59.39 was his PB, so both 59.31 in the semis and this 59.15 are better.

4 years ago

Wow Kolesnikov…
With a 24.46 in the 50 I really can’t see how he won’t crack the 53 barrier for the first time in his career.
He is a back-half sprinter so I expected a 52 low in the 100 back.

bobo gigi
4 years ago

Can the men’s Russian medley relay upset the unbeaten (at olympic games) US men’s medley relay in Tokyo?
I don’t see that happen as long as Dressel is on top. He’s the key leg on fly. And Finnerty could be a new big weapon on breast.
But they can make that race very competitive with Kolesnikov, Minakov, Chupkov and the others.
Anyway to beat the US team which could look like Murphy/Finnerty (or Andrew? 🙂 )/Dressel/Adrian you have to be crazy strong in all strokes.

bobo gigi
Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Sometimes you must wait a very long time.
Since Duboscq’s retirement France has not found THE breaststroker to go with Lacourt, Stravius, Metella, Manaudou, Gilot and the others.
Since Leisel Jones’ retirement Australia can’t find a strong and consistent 1.05 girl on breaststroke to go with Seebohm, McKeon and one of the Campbell sisters.
GB can’t find a 52 backstroker to go with Peaty, Guy and Scott.
And if one day you have finally found the missing piece of the puzzle then the 3 other members of your relay have retired. 😆
USA doesn’t have that kind of problems. There’s always someone to replace someone.

4 years ago

Korolev’s 23.42 is under 23.48 so he also qualified.

4 years ago

Yes Tarasevich was 5th, but Ulyanov was 4th in 24.83 so all of them under the qualifying time. They are the 1st 5 in Europe and inside the 8 best around in the world.

bobo gigi
4 years ago

There’s clearly a great Russian generation on the men’s side right now. Young talented swimmers. Much depth in many events. Fast times.
At the opposite I read the women’s 400 IM results. The winner in 4.47?

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Yes, 4.47.46, 4:47.99, 4:48.53.
In Glasgow Russia, GB and Hungary on the men’s side. It’ll be great.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Brownish
4 years ago

France? 😥

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

I looked at the Europeans in 2012, at Debrecen. They were pretty good. What did you do with them? Open water in alias?

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