Kliment Kolesnikov Posts World Junior Record for 200 Back Euro Title

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Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov has won the first gold medal of the European Short Course Championships, swimming past Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki on the final lap to touch first.

Kawecki, the reigning World Short Course Champion in the event, led for the entire race before Kolesnikov closed in 27.32, to Kawecki’s 28.19. The Russian 17-year-old pulled into the wall in 1:48.02, establishing the first world junior record in the event.

The time also broke Kawecki’s championship record of 1:48.33 set two years ago.

Kawecki took the silver in 1:48.46, and Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys also got on the podium with his time of 1:49.06.

Israel’s Yakov Yan Toumarkin ended up fourth in 1:51.05, followed by Croatia’s Anton Loncar (1:51.67), Belarus’ Mikita Tsmyh (1:52.04) and Hungary’s David Foldhazi (1:52.92).

Germany’s Christian Diener, the top seed out of prelims, was in contention most of the race but faded all the way to eighth on the final lap, touching in 1:53.41.