Kliment Kolesnikov Lowers World Junior Record, Leads Russian 1-2 in Men’s 100 Back

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After setting a world record two days earlier in the 50 back final, Russian teenager Kliment Kolesnikov won his second individual title and third overall title this week in the men’s 100 back. Kolesnikov went out quickly and held off countryman Evgeny Rylov to take the win in 52.53.

Kolesnikov broke his own world junior record of 52.95 set in the semi-finals. He also improved to No. 2 in the world for 2018, just behind Ryan Murphy’s 52.51 from U.S. Nationals last week and just ahead of Matt Grevers’ 52.55.

Rylov, seemingly out of the race with 15 meters to go, closed hard to pick up a silver medal. Rylov, the reigning World champion in the 200 back and the favorite in that event this week, touched in 52.74. Finishing well back for bronze was Greece’s Apostolos Christou in 53.72.

Romania’s Robert Glinta finished fourth in 53.81, and Italians Thomas Ceccon and Simone Sabbioni tied for fifth in 53.85. Germans Christian Diener (53.92) and Jan-Philip Glania (54.35) finished seventh and eighth, respectively.