2016 RUSSIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS / OLYMPIC TRIALS
- 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
- Russian record: 21.47, Vladimir Morozov
- Olympic selection standard: 22.01
- Vladimir Morozov, Volgograd Region, 22.01
- Aleksei Brianskii, Irkutsk Region, 22.16
- 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
- Vladimir Morozov, Volgograd Region, 48.09
- Andrey Grechin, Altai Territory, 48.18
- 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.