The team from Russia ended the 2017 European Short Course Championship meet with a bang, turning in a new world record in the men’s 4×50 medley relay.
Kliment Kolesnikov got up for another 50 backstroke, his third of the night and fourth of the day, this time lowering his .88 reaction time and destroying his own World Junior record with a 22.83.
He was followed by Kirill Prigoda in 25.26, Aleksandr Popkov (22.11) and Vladimir Morozov (20.24) as the quartet posted a 1:30.44 to win the relay. Their time was .07 faster than the 1:30.51 Brazil posted in Doha in 2014.
Italy’s Simone Sabbioni (23.14), Fabio Scozzoli (25.45), Piero Codia (22.72), and Luca Dotto (20.60) were second in 1:31.91.
Taking bronze was Belarus’ Pavel Sankovich (23.16), Ilya Shymanovich (25.48), Yauhen Ts
urkin (22.23), and Anton Latkin (21.19) in a 1:32.06.
Poland was fourth (1:32.39) and Germany finished fifth in 1:32.38. In sixth through eighth were Turkey (1:33.18), the Netherlands (1:33.76) and Finland (1:34.28).