Arina Surkova Sets 50 Fly Russian Record; Vlad Morozov Posts 21.5 50 Free at 2019 Russian Nationals

Vlad Morozov Arena
Photo Courtesy: Gian Mattia Dalberto/Lapresse

The 2019 Russian Championships featured plenty of fast swimming from many of the country’s top performers, but it was a record on the final night that stole the show this week in Moscow.

Arina Surkova set the Russian record in the 50 fly with a swim of 25.85 in the final session. She was one of 29 swimmers to reach a qualifying time for the World Championships and also finish in the top two during the national meet.

Surkova’s record broke the mark set by Svetlana Chimrova (25.920) set in 2015.

Surkova had a strong meet, also finishing second in the 50 free in 24.83.

The star of the men’s meet was predictably Vladimir Morozov. He won the 50 free in 21.55, the second-fastest time in the world this year, only behind Italy’s Andrea Vergani (21.53).

Morozov’s time is ahead of this year’s top times from Caeleb Dressel of the United States (21.69), and Great Britain’s Benjamin Proud (21.71).

It was enough to hold off Ivan Kuzmenko (22.12) and Vladislav Grinev tied for third with Evgeny Rylov. Grinev won the 100 free and Rylov swept the 100 and 200 backstroke events.

Andrei Minakov won the 100 fly in 51.79 to reach a world standard. Martin Malyutin won the 200 free in 1:45.46, the top time in the world this season.

Kirill Prigoda won the 100 breast in 59.52 in one of the best head-to-head races of the meet, defeating Anton Chupkov (59.57). Maxim Stupin won the 400 IM in 4:16.30.

In the women’s meet, Viktoria Belyakova won in the 200 IM in 2:13.42. Anna Belousova scored an upset in the 100 breast in 1:06.34 to finish ahead of Yulia Efimova (1:07.05).

Meanwhile, Daria Vaskina won the 100 back in 59.46, breaking the national junior record and reaching the worlds standard. She finished ahead of national team captain Anastasia Fesikova (59.71).

World Leaders:

  • Evgeny Rylov 200 m backstroke (1:54.00)
  • Anna Belousova – 100 m breaststroke (1:06.34)
  • Anton Chupkov – 200 m breaststroke (2:07.00)
  • Vladislav Grinev – 100 m freestyle (47.43)
  • Martin Malyutin – 200 m freestyle (1:45.46)
  • Oleg Kostin – 50 m butterfly (22.74)

World Number 2 Ranked Times:

  • Evgenia Chikunova, 200 m breaststroke (2:22.67)
  • Evgeny Rylov – 100 m backstroke (52.84)
  • Vladimir Morozov – 50 m freestyle (21.55)
  • Yulia Efimova – 50 m breaststroke (30.43)

World Number 3 Ranked Times:

  • Maria Kameneva, 50 m freestyle (24.32) and 50 m backstroke (27.66)
  • Kliment Kolesnikov – 100 m backstroke (53.03)
  • Andrey Zhilkin – 50 m butterfly (23.06)
  • Vladimir Morozov – 100 m freestyle (48.04)

Best results for FINA (Top 5) points

Men

  1. Anton Chupkov – 200 m breaststroke – 2:07.00
  2. Mark Nikolaev – 50 m on backstroke – 24.23
  3. Vladislav Grinev – 100 m freestyle – 47.43
  4. Kirill Ferry – 200 m breaststroke – 2:08.21
  5. Alexander Chambers – 200 m breaststroke – 2:08.70

Women

  1. Maria Kameneva – 50 m back – 27.66
  2. Daria Vaskina– 100 m back – 59.46
  3. Evgenia Chikunova – 200 m breaststroke – 2:22.67
  4. Anastasia Fesikova – 50 m back – 27.82
  5. Maria Temnikova – 200 m breaststroke – 2:23.45

Records of Russia

  • Vladislav Grinev – 100 m freestyle – semi-final – 47.43
  • Oleg Kostin – 50 m butterfly – final – 22.74
  • Veronika Andrusenko – 400 m freestyle – final – 4:06.01
  • Arina Surkova – 50 m butterfly – final – 25.85

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