Zhilkin, Temnikova Bring Russian Olympic Roster To 22 With One Day Remaining

2021 RUSSIAN NATIONAL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Andrey Zhilkin and Maria Temnikova added their names to Russia’s Olympic roster on the penultimate day of the Trials in Kazan, while four others added a new event to their Tokyo schedule.

The 26-year-old Zhilkin won the men’s 200 IM in a new Russian Record of 1:57.50, earning him his first Olympic berth.

Ilya Borodin was the runner-up in that race, getting under the FINA ‘A’ cut by two-tenths in 1:59.35 to add the 200 IM to his schedule after qualifying in the 400 IM earlier.

Temnikova upset reigning world champion Yuliya Efimova in taking second in the women’s 200 breaststroke, hitting a personal best time of 2:22.76 to take second to Evgeniia Chikunova (2:21.63). Like Zhilkin, this will be Temnikova’s first Olympic appearance.

For more on Efimova missing the team in the 200 breast, the three-time world champion and 2016 Olympic silver medalist in the event, click here.

Chikunova adds a second event to her lineup after winning the 100 breast earlier, where Efimova qualified for a fourth Olympics in second place.

Also qualifying in a new event on the day was Evgeny Rylov in the men’s 200 backstroke (setting a new European Record in the process), and Maria Kameneva in the women’s 100 freestyle. Both swimmers had already qualified in their respective 100 back races.

RUSSIAN OLYMPIC ROSTER (THRU DAY 6)

Men Event(s) Women Event(s)
Ilya Borodin 200/400 IM Arina Surkova 100 butterfly
Maxim Stupin 400 IM Svetlana Chimrova 100 butterfly
Martin Malyutin 200/400 freestyle Anna Egorova 400 freestyle
Alexander Egorov 400/800 freestyle Anastasia Kirpichnikova 400/1500 freestyle
Kirill Prigoda 100/200 breaststroke Maria Kameneva 100 backstroke, 100 freestyle
Anton Chupkov 100/200 breaststroke Anastasia Fesikova 100 backstroke
Ivan Girev 200 freestyle Evgeniia Chikunova 100/200 breaststroke
Evgeny Rylov 100/200 backstroke Yuliya Efimova 100 breaststroke
Kliment Kolesnikov 100 backstroke, 100 freestyle Maria Temnikova 200 breaststroke
Alexander Kudashev 200 butterfly
Ilya Druzhinin 800 freestyle
Andrei Minakov 100 freestyle
Andrey Zhilkin 200 IM

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Coach Rob
12 days ago

What a beautiful group of gals.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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