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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Sean S
3 years ago

Kolesnikov is a monster. Already half a second off his 50 since European juniors this year. He has a really good shot to break 53 at this meet. Probably not clean, but I’ll enjoy watching it either way.

Dudeman
Reply to  Sean S
3 years ago

Is the “probably not clean” comment really needed? He hasn’t tested positive yet and he will continue to be tested throughout his career. Until proven otherwise why try to downplay his accomplishments?

Scott Morgan
Reply to  Dudeman
3 years ago

The evidence of state-doping, and the connection to national teams, is overwhelming. I am entirely skeptical of his “achievements.” Burden of proof is on him/Team Russia. (Efimova has TWO negative tests: should be a lifetime ban).

Dudeman
Reply to  Scott Morgan
3 years ago

I understand the history (and not so recent history) that Russia has with doping, however, their athletes still get caught (nowhere near as quick as they should be sometimes). I am skeptical of Morozov’s and Efimova’s performances because they have been caught before. However Kolesnikov, other than being incredibly fast, has given no reason to be skeptical. I’d prefer see him as innocent until proven guilty instead of going after him with no evidence other than “other people have done it too”

Brownish
Reply to  Sean S
3 years ago

Sure, he is always full of talent.

Emanuele
Reply to  Sean S
3 years ago

You clearly don’t know what you’re talking about.

Brownish
Reply to  Emanuele
3 years ago

Perhaps they’re simply jelaous. It would be worse that according to some opinions there’re swimmers and/or whole nations who can’t achieve anything only with cheating (I know what’s the case here) but hopefully there’re a few who more talented and “train more”. It would be absurd, distressing, narrow-minded, irreverent, unfair, etc.

IM FAN
3 years ago

Amazing from Morozov. Him Vs Proud should be quite the race at Euros if he keeps this form. Kolesnikov just smashed the WJR, and proved that his speed isnt just from underwaters. We might see some monster swims in the 100 and 200 back. He’s only 17…

carlo
Reply to  IM FAN
3 years ago

I think kolesnikov also swims the 200 IM as well as the 200 free. He could swim some solid times in both events at this meet. Let,s wait and see.

ITR
Reply to  carlo
3 years ago

No he is only swimming the 3 backs at this meet.

Ellie
Reply to  ITR
3 years ago

3 backs plus 50/100 free, as is shown on the start lists.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Ellie
3 years ago

Yes. If I’m right he just swam 49.47 in the 100 free prelims this morning. Thanks to Google translation from Russian to French. I have found the results. But the names remain in Russian! Best time for someone in 48.63. Someone born in 1996. Young Minakov born in 2002 11th in 49.87.

Brownish
Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

Ask me, I learned Russian (I had to). Vladislav Grinev is your man.
After him Morozov, Fesikov, Izotov, etc.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Brownish
3 years ago

Brownish, do you know where is Girev, the current world junior champion (48.33 last summer), in those results?
http://russwimming.ru/upload/live/4R_LC_2018/ResultList_12.pdf
I don’t see his name but again, I’m not a master of the Russian names in Russian.

Ellie
Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

You can try translation from Russian to English, Bobo.
If I’m not wrong, Ivan Girev is 65th in 51.83. It really took me some time to find his name and it looks like he has some trouble with him.☹

bobo gigi
Reply to  Ellie
3 years ago

Thanks Ellie for the news. Weird to see him so slow.
I can translate the main page of the championships and the schedule from Russian to French or any other language. But I can’t translate the PDF of the results. I try to recognize who is who thanks to the number of letters of the name and especially the year of birth. 🙂

Brownish
Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

Sometimes there’s no correlation between the number of letters in Cyrillik and letters in other written languages. Zhilkin, Tarasevich, Krasnykh, Khomenko, etc. But you can try it 🙂

Brownish
Reply to  Ellie
3 years ago

Both…

Brownish
Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

Good question. Sometimes it’s difficult to “translate” the names. In this case that’s the situation. I don’t know how he is writing his name in his native language with Cyrillic letters. There’s a boy who participated in the 4×100 free relay yesterday as the 3rd swimmer (49.47) and they finished 2nd. His 1st name is Ivan, so it’s correct, his year of birth from the today race is also correct, his team could be good. In this body’s last name there’s a special Cyrillic letter “e” with two dots above it. So It can be him. In this case he finished 65th in 51.83…. I don’t know what happened, but nearly sure that that’s him. We have to ask the… Read more »

Brownish
Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

BTW Németh swam 48.31 at the end of March in Nats and 47.47 in a relay. So we have at least 3 (4-5) pretty good relay members. Kozma 46.72, Bochus 47.21 and him. And Holoda and Milák is better and better.
Kozma swam 48.26 NR and 48.12 last year in the mixed relay.

Brownish
Reply to  Ellie
3 years ago

He has already swam the 100 free (heats) today in 49.47 and qualified for the semis.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Brownish
3 years ago

Brownish, looks like your Russian is much better than mine 🙂 so can you give me please the name of the swimmer who is first of the men’s 100 free prelims in 48.63 and who was born in 1996?

Brownish
Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

It can be only better, not ? 🙂 The answer is with some rows above.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Brownish
3 years ago

Thanks.
And yes, it’s not difficult to have a better Russian than mine. 😆

bobo gigi
Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

By the way looks like my longtime fans (automatic robots downvoting my comments) have waken up. Good morning to them in USA. 😆

Tammy Touchpad Error
3 years ago

I swear I recently saw an article talking about Morozov only doing 50 and 100 free… Glad that’s not the case. Hoping we see a Kolesnikov 47 flat start to go with his 1:53 and 52 low. Murph better be puttin in work cause this kid is not gonna stop anytime soon. Really looks like he’s the one for that 2 back record in a few years.

Brownish
Reply to  Tammy Touchpad Error
3 years ago

Only step by step. First he has to beat Rylov at home.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Brownish
3 years ago

Yes. You’re right. Rylov is just the current 200 back world champion. 🙂

Brownish
Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

They’ll fly on the same jet to Glasgow.

Anya7
3 years ago

A lot of stuff is confused -especially about who qualified! Please re-check

bobo gigi
3 years ago

Impressive 24.46 for Kolesnikov. His 100 back should be very very very fast at that meet.
Interesting to see how he will develop in the next 2 years. Will he focus more on backstroke for the individual events in Tokyo or more on freestyle? He will have choices to do. He can’t swim 100 back/200 back/100 free/200 free plus 4 relays in 2020. Right now I think 100 back/200 back plus 4 relays is a smart line-up of events for him.

Brownish
Reply to  bobo gigi
3 years ago

I think free is much more tough. Only in Europe you can find at least as good freestyle swimmers as him in his age group too, at the moment e.g. Girev or Németh. Or Milák in 200, who is presently a (the?) fly swimmer, but has 1:47.97 from this March and everybody knows what should be the average difference between the 1:52.71 200fly and the 200 free. BTW Milák started as a backstroke swimmer 🙂

Brownish
3 years ago

Braden, I think Kolesnikov’s 24:46 is new Junior WR (previous belonged to M. Andrew with 24:63).

bobo gigi
3 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?

Brownish
Reply to  bobo gigi
3 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
3 years ago

France? 😥

Brownish
Reply to  bobo gigi
3 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?

Brownish
3 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.

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