FLASH! European Championships: Kliment Kolesnikov Lowers 50 Back WR To 23.80

Kliment Kolesnikov WR 2021 Europeans
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FLASH! European Championships: Kliment Kolesnikov Lowers 50 Back WR To 23.80

Kliment Kolesnikov lowered his own 50 back world record for the second time in as many days as he went 23.80 at the European Championships.

The Russian had first set a global mark of 24.00 at the 2018 Europeans in Glasgow, a time he reduced to 23.93 in Monday’s semi-finals.

Come the final and Kolesnikov sliced a further 0.13 off as he claimed his second gold of the championships following his anchor leg on Russia’s 4×100 free quartet.

He said:

“I don’t know what to say.

“I swam 100m free (semi-final) fifteen minutes ago so I was a bit tired. At the same time, I was full of energy, mental energy and just tried fire myself up.

“That’s all, I have nothing more to say.”

Behind him came Robert Glinta of Romania in 24.42 and Spain’s Hugo Gonzalez De Oliveira in 24.47.

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