Kameneva & Pasynov In Russian-Record Form At Salnikov Cup

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Maria Kameneva - Photo Courtesy: Patrick B. Kraemer

Maria Kameneva, racing at home for St. Petersburg-Orenburg, and Daniil Pasynov, stole the show with Russian records on the first day of action at the Salnikov Cup.

Kameneva’s brace of dash victories was topped by a matched national record over 50m backstroke, while Pasynov clipped 0.1sec off the 200m medley standard.

In 26.15 in the 50m backstroke, Kameneva matched the Russian record she set at the 2016 World Short-Course Championships in Windsor, Canada. Today, that pace kept at bay a 26.84 effort from Anastasia Fesikova, nee Zueva, the 2012 Olympic silver medallist over 200m backstroke ho claimed the world 50m title the year before and is in the midst of a second career after the birth boy her first child with fellow Russia team member Sergei Fesikov.

Kameneva just missed the medals in the 50m at European Championships two weeks ago in Glasgow, her time today 0.07sec better than her swiftest pace in Scotland. In the 50m freestyle not long after the backstroke dash in St. Petersburg, a 23.92 secured gold ahead of a matched 24.30 from Arina Surkova, and Daria S. Ustinova. Surkova had earlier won the 100m butterfly in 57.30.

Pasynov led a Moscow City 1-2 finish in the 200m medley, his 1:53.26 inside the 1:53.36 Russian mark established by his club-mate Kliment Kolesnikov at the Russian Championships two years ago. Pasynov clocked 1:53.60 at the European Championships in Glasgow two weeks, falling over a second shy of the medals. Today, he moved up from 8th to 9th on the season world short-course rankings.

Pasynov was followed home today by Denis Gladchenko, on 1:56.82, and Ilya Borodin, on 1:56.82.

Among other swift efforts, Aleksandr Kudashev, Samara Region, took the 200m butterfly in 1:51.88, not far shy of his season best 1:51.20, currently 5th in the world this season going into the first day at the ISL Final Match in Las Vegas.

Another not far from best was Mikhail Dorinov, the commanding winner of the 200m breaststroke, on 2:03.84.

There was a year-best win for Aleksandr Krasnykh, just outside the world top 10 for this season on 3:39.61 in the 400m freestyle, while other winners included Andrei Nikolaev, on 26.39 in the 50m breaststroke; and Mark Nikolaev, on 50.18 in the 100m backstroke; Vladislav Grinev, 46.69 in the 100m free; Veronika Andrusenko (nee Popova), by whisker at the helm of three 1:55s, on 1:55.03, in the 200m freestyle; and Evgeniia Chikunova, a touch ahead of sister Daria, on 1:05.16 and 1:05.27 respectively in the 100m breaststroke.