Andrei Minakov Lowers World Junior Record in 50 Butterfly SCM

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Russia’s Andrei Minakov lowered the world junior record in the short course meters 50 butterfly with a 22.34 on Friday at the Russian swimming championships in St. Petersburg. The time is under FINA’s established mark of 22.43 set in 2016 as Minakov will be ineligible for world junior records next year.


Minakov’s time puts him 23rd all-time in the 50 butterfly as he is now fifth all-time in Russia, just behind Olympic medalist Evgeny Korotyshkin (22.33) and ahead of Daniil Markov (22.40). Minakov won ahead of Alexander Sadovnikov (22.60). For context, 22.34 would have been sixth in the ISL this season. Minakov will be a freshman at Stanford next year.

Russia’s juniors showed out well in St. Petersburg as Ilya Borodin, who set a world junior record in long course earlier this year, won the 400 IM at 4:01.91 ahead of Daniil Pasynkov (4:06.81). Borodin’s time would have put him third in the ISL this season had he competed. He is still only 17-years-of-age and got close to the world junior record of 3:59 by world record holder Daiya Seto. The time was also a season best for Pasynkov, who was ranked 20th in the ISL with a 4:07.

16-year-old Evgeniia Chikunova won the 100 breaststroke with a 1:04.35 as she improved on her best of 1:05.1, moving to second all-time in Russia behind Olympic silver medalist Yulia Efimova (1:02.91) from 2016. Chikunova won narrowly ahead of Maria Temnikova (1:04.69), who also improved on her best of 1:04.9 from last year.

Irina Krivonogova took the 200 IM with a 2:10.74. She was a 2:08 at the Salnikov cup last year. Daria Vaskina also won the 50 backstroke with a 26.41.

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