On the third day of Russian Nationals, Vlad Morozov took over, winning two events including the 100 free, where he became the first man in the world to crack 48 this season.
Morozov went 47.98 to win the national title by four tenths. He leapfrogs Australia’s Cameron McEvoy for the world lead.
According to the Russian Federation’s website, the Worlds Team is being selected based on the 12th-fastest time from the last World Championships in each Olympic-distance event, and the 10th-fastest time in each non-Olympic distance race.
Based on that standard, three others made the Worlds team in the 100 free: Alexander Sukhorukov (48.33), Daniel Izotov (48.41) and Andriy Grechin (48.64).
Morozov also won the 50 breaststroke, going 27.37 and also making the Worlds cut.
The Russian Federation site does note that time standards might be softer for some younger athletes on the cusp of qualifying, so we don’t officially know who is on and off the team. But with that caveat in mind, here are the rest of the other likely Worlds qualifiers from day 3:
Alexander Kudashev won the 200 fly in 1:56.30, making the cut for Worlds.
On the women’s side, three Russians got under the 12th place time in the 200 breast, and one Turkish athlete also crossed the barrier. Yuliya Efimova leads at 2:22.12, the 5th-best time in the world this season:
Vitalina Simonova (2:23.56) and Andreeva Sofia (2:25.14) also got under the mark, placing 2nd and 4th. In between was Turkey’s Viktoria Gunes Zeynep (2:24.48).
Anastasia Fesikova won the 50 back, making the Worlds cut time with a 28.18.
Other winners were Ivan Trofimov in the men’s 200 IM (2:00.08) and Elizabeth Gorshkova in the women’s 1500 free (16:39.98).
Semifinal winners on day 3:
- Veronika Popova won the semis of the women’s 200 free, going 1:58.05. Viktoria Andreeva sits second at 1:58.25.
- Grigory Tarasevich leads the men’s 200 back with a 1:58.53, but 100 back champ Evgeny Rylov is behind him in 2:00.41.
- Natalia Lovtsova is the top qualifier out of the women’s 100 fly with a 58.26, with Anna Polyakova and Svetlana Chimrova tied for second at 58.92.