RUZA, Russia, July 26. WITH the Sizzling Siberian Vlad Morozov on the sidelines due to a reported cold this morning, Andrey Grechin put on a show in the men’s 100-meter free at the Russian Cup tonight.
Andrey Grechin vaulted to 11th in the world rankings in the men’s 100-meter freestyle with a sizzling effort of 48.60. He’s now the second fastest Russian in the world behind Vlad Morozov (48.25). Mikhail Dovgalyuk (49.35) and Stepan Surkov (49.54) took second and third in the finale.
Morozov, meanwhile, after cruising to victory in the 50 free last night in 22.24, reportedly came down with a cold heading into today. He missed finals in both of his events today, taking 14th in the 100 free with a 50.82 and 18th in the 50 breast with a 28.92. He’s the national champion in both of those events, so the times were definitely surprising.
In one of the best swims of the night, Alexander Kudashev clipped Evgeny Koptelov in the men’s 200-meter fly, 1:56.79 to 1:56.88. Kudashev just missed his 15th-ranked time of 1:56.68 from the Canet stop of the Mare Nostrum. Koptelov moved to 19th in the world. Nikolay Skvortsov finished third in the finale with a 1:58.27.
Maria Kamaneva blitzed the women’s 50-meter back finale in 28.55 for 20th in the world. Daria Kartashova finished second in 29.30 with Anastasia Klyarovskaya earning third in 29.45.
The massive void in women’s breaststroke in Russia opened up by Yuliya Efimova’s current doping ban continued to be demonstrated today. Vitalina Simonova won the finale in 1:08.06, outside the top 20 in the world. Anna Belousova placed second in 1:08.98 with Daria Deeva earning third in 1:09.67.
In a close contest, Anton Butymov touched out Grigory Tarasevich in the men’s 100-meter back, 54.96 to 54.99. Vitaly Borisov snared third overall in 55.31. Veronika Popova dominated the women’s 400-meter freestyle with a 4:10.45, while Anastasia Ivanenko finished second in 4:16.59. Kristina Krasukova put up a third-place 4:17.85.
Evgeny Kulikov checked in with a winning time of 15:24.22 in the men’s 1500-meter freestyle, while Daniil Smirnov touched second in the metric mile with a 15:33.87. Kamran Samedov rounded out the top three in 15:42.14.
Anna Polyakova cleared 1:00 to win the women’s 100-meter fly as she clocked a 59.34. Rosalia Nasretdinova touched second in the event with a 1:00.21, while Anastasia Lyazeva picked up third in 1:00.33. Andrey Nikolaev won the men’s 50-meter breast in 28.12 with Alexander Triznov (28.23) and Anton Panferov (28.42) earning second and third.
Special thanks to Maria Dobysheva for contributing to this report.