Kameneva Sets Russian 50 Free Record Of 24.20; Morozov Books Individual Tokyo Slot

Maria Kameneva; Photo Courtesy: Mine Kasapoglu / ISL

Maria Kameneva set a Russian 50 free record of 24.20 and Vladimir Morozov claimed an individual slot for Tokyo in the men’s race in 21.41 with Kliment Kolesnikov and Ilya Shevchenko in a dead heat for second at the Russian Swimming Championships in Kazan.

Andrei Minakov will be among the men jostling for the podium in the 100 fly with the world silver medallist winning in 51.17.

Anna Egorova added the 800 free title to the 400 she had won in Russian record time after a stroke-for-stroke tussle with Anastasia Kirpichnikova while Aleksandr Egorov and European junior champion Kirill Martynychev both made it in the 1500fr.

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Kameneva Rockets Into Record Books

Kameneva had booked lane four for the final with a semi of 24.33 and she was back on poolside 70 minutes later.

It was all over after 24.20secs as she took 0.01 off her own national record of 24.21 from the semi-final of the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow where she would go on to be fourth.

The 21-year-old completed the 50-100fr double and also won the 100 back to ensure a busy schedule come July.

Behind her came Arina Surkova whose 24.53 was good enough for Tokyo.

Kameneva returned to the pool to lead off a St Petersburg medley relay squad in 59.79 as the quartet won in 3:59.95.

Morozov Books Tokyo Ticket; Dead Heat For Second


Vlad Morozov: Photo Courtesy: Mine Kasapoglu / ISL

Morozov had led the way into the semis in the first event of the evening session, stopping the clock at 21.59 ahead of Kliment Kolesnikov (22.17) which followed a blast of 21.89 by Kolesnikov in the prelims.

The one-length race was the final chance for the London 2012 relay bronze medallist to clinch a individual berth in Tokyo after he came fourth in the 100.

Morozov took it with both hands and was a clear winner, 0.14 outside his Russian record and while inside the 22.01 required.

Behind him an intriguing battle had unfolded with Kolesnikov and Ilya Shevchenko both stopping the clock at 22.01, both bang on the required time.

After reaching out to the Russian Swimming Federation, Swimming World was informed that the swimmer with the fastest time in the semi-final would be given the second slot behind Morozov.

That was Kolesnikov with a time of 22.17 with Shevchenko one place and 0.01 behind in 22.18. Fine margins indeed.

Kolesnikov has had a sensational few days in Kazan. He was 0.08 off his own 50 back world record in 24.08 and matched then lowered Evgeny Rylov’s official Russian 100 back record  before the 2019 world silver medallist reclaimed it in 52.12 – 0.01 off Camille Lacourt’s European mark – with Kolesnikov clocking 52.24.

Then came his 47.31 hammer in the 100 free to go fifth all-time in textile and 10th all-suits.

Kolesnikov was back in the water 20 minutes later, swimming a backstroke leg of 52.63 as Moscow won the club medley relay in 3:31.90.

Minakov Takes Flight

Minakov added the 100 fly to the 100 free spot he clinched behind Kolesnikov and his shuddering 47.31 to qualify with some ease.

Third at the 50 in 24.00, the 19-year-old came home in 27.17 for a time of 51.17 that was 0.29 ahead of Mikhail Vekovishchev whose time of 51.46 was inside the cut.

Roman Shevlyakov was third in 51.99.

Egorova Doubles Up After Kirpichnikova Duel


Anna Egorova: Photo Courtesy: Donna Nelson

Egorova has enjoyed a fine season so far and she followed up her national 400 free mark of 4:04.10 on day two with victory in the 800 but only after a duel with Kirpichnikova which saw the pair trade the lead throughout.

Kirpichnikova was second behind Egorova in the 400 while also claiming the 1500 free title and she led by 0.05 at 650 as she turned in 6:51.93 to 6:51.98.

Egorova, the 2018 European bronze medallist, then moved ahead and went into the final 100 0.24secs ahead.

A final 100 of 60.87 propelled Egorova home in 8:24.35 ahead of Kirpichnikova whose time of 8:24.84 was also inside the cut for Tokyo.

Alexandra Khaylova was more than 21secs behind in third in 8:45.87.

Two Qualifiers For The Longest Race

Egorov clocked 14:57.72 in the 1500 free with Martynychev’s time of 15:00.12 also inside the cut.

Daria K. Ustinova won the 200 back but her time of 2:10.82 was outside the standard required for Tokyo.

The European silver medallist went ahead on the third 50 but her efforts saw her fall 0.43secs outside the cut.

Anastasia Klyarovskaya was second in 2:12.40.





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