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Evgeny Rylov Sets European Record On Day Four Of Russian Nationals

20-year-old Evgeny Rylov sparkled at day four of the Russian Nationals in Moscow with his stunning European Record in the men's 200 backstroke, the event he won a bronze medal at the Olympics for last summer. Rylov went a 1:53.81, faster than his Olympic time (1:53.97) and his previous European reco...

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Evgeny Rylov And Anton Chupkov Shine At Day 2 Russian Nationals

Evgeny Rylov and Anton Chupkov booked a ticket to Worlds and topped the world rankings with impressive results on the second day of Russian Nationals Championships in Moscow. Evgeny Rylov cruised to victory in the men's 100 backstroke with a 53.13, the second fastest time in the world this year. Lou...

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Russian Nationals: Yulia Efimova, Oleg Kostin Impress On Day One

The first day of Russian Nationals revealed first members of the team who will represent the country at World Championships in Budapest this summer. Yulia Efimova easily qualified for Worlds, grabbing the gold medal in the women's 50 breast. After her impressive 29.95 she posted in semis, Efimova th...

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Russian Stars Gather in Moscow for the National Championships

Commentary by Maria Dobysheva, Swimming World Contributor The best Russian athletes have gathered in Moscow to participate in the National Championships and qualify for upcoming Worlds in Budapest this summer. Nationals Championships kick off on Monday, April 10th. Yulia Efimova, Vladimir Morozov, E...

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Alexander Sadovnikov Breaks Into The World Top 6 In The 50 Fly

Alexander Sadovnikov seeded first in the 50 fly preliminaries of the day 4 at Russian Olympic Trails. His result 23.64 placed him sixth in the world rankings so far. Nikita Konovalov with 23.77 and Nikita Korolev with 23.90 got second and third for tonight's finals. 4. Vitaly Melnikov, 24.00 5. Kiri...

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Katinka Hosszu, Evgeny Rylov Shine at Salnikov Cup

By Maria Dobysheva Katinka Hosszu celebrated five victories at annual Salnikov Cup in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She won 100 and 200 back, 200 IM, 200 fly and 400 free. In 200 backstroke prelims, Hosszu went sub- 2:00, set new meet record and got top seed with 1:59.23. In the finals, she easily won g...

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Russia Announces European Short Course Championships Roster

By Maria Dobysheva Russia announced its roster for short course European Championships in Israel (December 2-6). For the first time ever Russia will perform at the international meet without its main stars - Vladimir Morozov and Yulia Efimova. All the Russian group training in U.S. (included Nikita ...

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Nikita Konovalov Claims 4th Gold at Russian Short Course Nationals

By Maria Dobysheva Nikita Konovalov, representing Volgograd, won a fourth gold at Russian Short Course Nationals held in Kazan. He won the 50 butterfly with 22.59, only 0.2 behind Evgeny Korotyshkin's national record set in 2009. It was the third individual win for Konovalov at this meet. Alexander ...

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Pair of World Junior Records Tumble at Russian Short Course Nationals

By Maria Dobysheva At Russian short course Nationals in Kazan, Anton Chupkov, multiple gold medalist at last World Junior Championships in Singapore, set a World Junior record in the 100 breaststroke with 57.61. Chupkov, representing Moscow, finished second behind Nizhny Novgorod's Oleg Kostin (57.2...

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Russian World Champion Yuliya Efimova Signs With Speedo

By Maria Dobysheva Yuliya Efimova , who won her fourth career individual gold medal at the Kazan World Championships this August, announced her brand-new deal with Speedo at a press conference in Moscow. Ten-time Worlds medalist Efimova becomes the second Russian swim team member (after Paralympian ...

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Russia Announces World Championships Roster

By Maria Dobysheva Russian Swimming has announced its roster for the first-ever home World Championships held in Kazan July 24, - August 9. Swimming starts on August 2 and traditionally attracts the most attention. One of the highlights of the first night will be 4x100 relay where Russia is among to...