Russia Takes Win in Men’s 200 Free Relay, Kolesnikov Sets WJR on Lead-Off Leg

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The Russian men won gold in the men’s 200 free relay to round out the first night of the European short course meet. Kliment Kolesnikov (21.24), Vladimir Morozov (20.59), Sergei Fesikov (20.59) and Mikhail Vekovishchev (20.91) combined to swim a time of 1:23.32.

Kolesnikov’s time is a world junior record, the first ever set in the SCM men’s 50 free. Fesikov pulled the Russians into first place on his leg, and Vekovischchev held on.

Italy’s Luca DottoLorenzo ZazzeriAlessandro Miressi and Marco Orsi grabbed the silver in 1:23.67, and Poland’s squad of Pawel JuraszekFilip WypychJakub Ksiazek and Konrad Czerniak took third in 1:24.44.

The Netherlands (1:24.61), Serbia (1:25.55), Hungary (1:25.55), Belgium (1:25.92) and Sweden (1:26.09) also swam in the final.

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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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