Kliment Kolesnikov Takes Down 50 Back World Record with 24.00

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Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov took down the world record in the men’s 50 back, touching in 24.00 to erase the 24.04 set by Great Britain’s Liam Tancock in 2009. Kolesnikov, 18, also smashed his own world junior record of 24.25 set in the semi-finals.

Romania’s Robert Glinta, who swam a time of 24.12 in the semis that now ranks fourth all-time, took silver in 24.55. Ireland’s Shane Ryan finished with a bronze medal, touching in 24.64.

Russia’s Vladimir Morozov took fourth in 24.69, followed by France’s Jeremy Stravius (24.83), Belarus’ Mikita Tsmyh (25.04), Greece’s Apostolos Christou (25.14) and Israel’s Jonatan Kopelev (25.41).

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Author: David Rieder

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David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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