RUZA, Russia, July 24. WITH just a few weeks until European Championships, the Russian contingent is tuning up with the Russian Cup held in Ruza.
Evgeny Koptelov, who had ranked 19th in the world with a 52.33 from Russian Nationals in the men’s 100-meter fly, raced to a winning effort of 52.20. That performance jumped him to 15th in the world. It was an upset as well, since he unseated Viacheslav Prudnikov, the top-ranked swimmer in the world with a 51.60 from Russian Nationals. Prudnikov managed a 52.29 tonight for second. Nikolay Skvortsov claimed third in 52.63
Sergey Fesikov, who ranks 10th in the world in the men’s 50-meter back with a 24.88 from Russian Nationals, won tonight in 25.06. Vlad Morozov, ranked second in the world with a 24.52, took second tonight in 25.09 in what was a close finish. Anton Butymov finished third in 25.41.
Yana Martynova kicked off the night with a time of 2:11.90 to win the women’s 200-meter fly going away. Maria Arsenyeva finished second in 2:14.93 with Sofia Petrenko taking third in 2:15.14. Dmitry Ermakov followed with a 1:47.89 to win the men’s 200-meter freestyle title. Alexander Krasnykh (1:48.24) and Mikhail Polyschuk (1:48.28) had a close battle for second.
Rosalia Nasretdinova topped the women’s 100-meter freestyle in 55.14 with Elizaveta Bazarova finishing second in 55.32. Viktoria Andreeeva placed third overall in 55.54. Kirill Strelnikov captured the men’s 100-meter breast title in 1:00.99 with Grigory Falko taking second in 1:01.47. Andrey Nikolaev earned third-place honors in 1:01.85.
Anastasia Ivanenko posted a 4:48.35 to win the women’s 400-meter IM with Yulia Larina placing second in 4:49.41. Irina Nazarova snatched third in 4:53.30. In a close call, Semen Makovich clipped Ivan Trofimov, 4:22.57 to 4:22.67, in the men’s 400-meter IM. Sergey Strelnikov touched third in 4:22.73.
Alexandra Papusha tied Polina Lapshina, 1:01.87, in the women’s 100-meter back with Kristina Vershinina earning third in the finale with a 1:20.59. Valentina Artemyeva won the women’s 50-meter breast in 31.69 with Anna Belousova taking second in 31.85. Daria Deeva raced to third in 32.03.
Special thanks to Maria Dobysheva for contributing to this report.