Ilya Shymanovich Continues Fine Form At Vladimir Salnikov Cup; Minakov Settles For Silver

Ilya Shymanovich: Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Ilya Shymanovich continued the red-hot form that brought him the 100br world short-course record with another fine performance over 50m at the Vladimir Salnikov Cup in St Petersburg.

The two-time world short-course silver medallist fired off 25.67, days after he became the third-fastest man in history when he posted 25.39 at the Belarusian Championships to sit behind only world record-holder Cameron van der Burgh and Emre Sakci, who holds the European standard.

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Andrei Minakov: Photo Courtesy: Giorgio Scala / deepbluemedia

Andrei Minakov set a world 50 fly junior record of 22.34 over short-course metres at the Russian Championships last Friday but he found himself settling for silver despite leading the heats in 22.62.

Instead it was Grigori Pekarsky of Belarus who got his hand to the wall first in the final, stopping the clock at 22.37, a new national record and meet mark.

Minakov was second in 22.54.

Ivan Girev won the 100 free in a PB of 46.72 ahead of Vladislav Grinev who stopped the clock at 46.81 while Martin Malyutin won the men’s 400fr in 3:39.31 – the only sub-3:40 in the field.

Aleksandr Zhigalov won the 200br in 2:04.92 to jump into the Russian top 10 all-time and Daniil Pasynkov took the men’s 200IM in 1:54.46.

Evgenia Chikunova scorched to a time of 1:04.56 in the 100 breaststroke – just 0.21 outside her own Russian junior record of 1:04.35 and Arina Surkova matched her PB of 23.90 to take the women’s 50 free.

Nika Godun set a meet record to win the 100IM in 1:00.00, Svetlana Chimrova took the 100fly in 57.00 and Valeria Salamatina took the 200 free in 1:55.28.

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