Zhikharev and Ustinova Among The Winners At Russian Championships; Kolesnikov Goes For Double Gold

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Kliment Kolesnikov: Giorgio Perottino / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto

Petr Zhikharev and Daria K Ustinova were among the winners on the third night of the Russian Championships with Kliment Kolesnikov promising much come Wednesday evening.

Zhikharev took the men’s 100 fly in 51.31, holding off Andrey Zhilkin who had a fine back end to the race to finish second in 51.62.

Ustinova won the women’s 200 back in 2:11.75 while Arina Surkova took the women’s 100 free in 54.02.

Alexander Stepanov enjoyed a clear victory in the men’s 800 free, negative splitting the race going 3:54.79/3:53.40 to win in 7:48.19.

Kolesnikov tied with Daniil Markov in the 50 free semis in 21.94 with the former then leading the 50 back semis in 24.19.

Wednesday evening’s finals include the men’s 50 back and free as well as the 200m breaststroke as well as the women’s 400 free and 100 breaststroke.

The event has already raised eyebrows beyond the swimming community with double Tokyo champion Evgeny Rylov being investigated by FINA after competing despite receiving a nine-month ban following his appearance at a pro-Putin rally.



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