Vladimir Morozov Makes The Olympics In 50 and 100 Free (Race Videos)


  • April 16-23rd, 2016
  • Moscow, Russia
  • Prelims 09:00/Finals 18:00 Local Time
  • Prelims 02:00/Finals 11:00 U.S. Eastern Time
  • Live results (IN ENGLISH – including event-by-event start lists)
  • Olympic selection standards

Videos courtesy Beny Lope, and recaps courtesy Braden Keith and James Sutherland.

Men’s 50 Free- Finals

  1. Vladimir Morozov, Volgograd Region, 22.01
  2. Aleksei Brianskii, Irkutsk Region, 22.16
  3. Andrey Grechin, Altai Territory, 22.19

Despite two quick swims in the prelims (21.75) and semi-finals (21.69), Russian record holder Vladimir Morozov had his slowest swim of the three in the final touching in 22.01. Morozov still finished 1st, and hit the Olympic selection standard right on the nose to qualify for Rio in this event. Morozov’s time of 21.69 from the semi-finals is a good sign for him going forward.

No other men managed to attain the standard, with 2nd place Aleksei Brianskii touching in 22.16. Andrey Grechin was 3rd in 22.19 after having a great 100 free, and Sergei Fesikov was 4th in 22.20. The biggest surprise in this event has to be Evgeny Sedov, who didn’t make it out of the prelims despite a best time under 22 seconds.

Men’s 100 Free- Finals

  • Russian Record: Andrey Grechin, 47.59 (2009)
  • Russian Selection Time: 48.57
  • Podium:
    1. Vladimir Morozov, Volgograd Region, 48.09
    2. Andrey Grechin, Altai Territory, 48.18
    3. Alexander Popkov, St. Petersburg, 48.41

In terms of competitiveness, the men’s 100 free–arguably the most anticipated event at the championships–lived up to the hype.  All four members of last year’s World Championship silver medal-winning 400 free relay finished inside the top six, with speedster Vlad Morozov leveraging a quick first 50 and holding off Andrey Grechin to win the title.

However, nobody in the field cracked the 48-second barrier, with Morozov leading the way in 48.09 and Grechin in 48.18.  Both swimmers slipped into the world top 10 for 2016, but overall, the times were a bit slower than anticipated.  Alexander Popkov jumped up to third in 48.41 and Alexander Sukhorukov was fourth in 48.55.  Surprisingly, sprinting mainstays Danila Izotov and Nikita Lobintsev finished down in 5th and 6th at 48.58 and 48.60, respectively.

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6 years ago

No one like Popov.

6 years ago

Honestly! WTF is that technic in lane 7? So weird

6 years ago

LOL! Did you see the cheerleaders wearing red bikini tops and mini-skirts doing a dance routine after the race?! Goldmedal Mel, can you use your clout to get them to perform at the US OT too? I’d LOVE to hear the reaction of all the Swimmoms in the USA to a display like that! 😉

Reply to  Danjohnrob
6 years ago

I think i’d have to check Nebraska laws but i think every cheersquad must dance around a giant fertility corn .

6 years ago

Alexander Popkov reminds me of Hanser Garcia… the guy in the 100 free london 2012 final who played wp..
Except this guys under water is crazy, he could drop time from this if he stabilised his body position

Reply to  Splasy
6 years ago

He may ask Lochte how to do so – would be greatly rewarding for his 2d 50 . Who knows how fast he could go ?

6 years ago

Oh popkov!!!

6 years ago

Alexander Popov?

6 years ago

The name Alexander popkov made me do a double take.

Reply to  AP
6 years ago

Actually , if u look closely before the 100 free starts – the camera moves into the Stands – where Alexander Popov is seated and waiting for the race to begin …funny isn’t it ?

6 years ago

Alexander Popkov has great underwaters, but his breathing looks like he wastes a significant amount of energy.

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