Borodin, Shymanovich & Kameneva set world best times on Day 5 of the Russian Championships


  • November 20-25, 2022
  • Kazan, Russia
  • Short Course Meter (25 meters), heats/finals + semi-finals for 50 and 100 meter runs.
  • Results

It was another quick day of action on Thursday during the penultimate night of the finals of the 2022 Russian Short Course Championships in Kazan, which was spearheaded by a European record-breaking performance Maria Kameneva.

Kameneva won the 50th women’s backstroke in a time of 25.60, matching the continental mark set by Kira Toussaint in November 2020. Toussaint would then tie the record (then world record) a month later.

Kameneva, 23, also erased the Russian record of 26.05 she set in the semifinals. You can read more about record swimming here.

Daria Vaskina (26.79) was 50 behind in the women’s while she finished second Aleksandra Kurilkina (26.89) set a new Russian youth record in third place.

Prior to the 50-back record, Kameneva was the top qualifier in the women’s 50-free semifinals (23.65), within two-tenths of her national record (23.48).

Arina Surkova qualified second in 23.88 and would advance to the 100 fly final first by almost a second in 56.90.

A number of other great swim events were also produced that night, including two on the men’s side that rank in the top 20 of all time.

In the 400 IM, European record holder Ilya Borodin clocked a time of 3:58.08, becoming the first man under 4:00 in the world that year.

Maxim Stupin was a distant second in 4:05.56.

2 daiya
JPN 4:00.70 22.10
3 So
JPN 4:01.67 22.10
4 Kaito
JPN 4:02.60 22.10
5 matthew
RSA 4:02.65 30.10

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Borodin’s performance is also the 16th-fastest in history, having set a personal best of 3:56.47 at last year’s SC World Championships, which ranks seventh all-time.

In the men’s semifinals 50 breaststroke, former world record holder and native of Belarus Ilya Zhymanovich led the field in a time of 25.55, tying two of his previous accomplishments to become the 20th fastest swimmer of all time.

Shymanovich has a lifetime best of 25.25, making him the second fastest performer of all time with South Africa Cameron van der Burgh.

Shymanovich takes on the world record this year, while Russians Kirill Strelnikov (25.96) and Kirill Prigoda (25.98) also swam in the top six. Prigoda owns the national record at 25.49.

2 Simone
IT 25.78 11/05
2 nick
United States of America 25.78 29.10
4 yeah
gomes jr
bra 25.86 09/15
5 Kirill
RUS 25.96 11/24
6 Kirill
RUS 25.98 11/24

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Early in the session, Shymanovich posted one of the fastest relay stages in history, sharing 25.14 on Belarus’ 200-medley relay. The team of Viktor Staselovich (23.89), Zhymanovich, Grigory Pekarsky (22.11) and Ruslan Skamaroshka (21.52) combined for a time of 1:32.66, six tenths off the 2017 national record.

Kliment Kolesnikovwho just set a new world record in the 50-meter dash on Wednesday, dominated the semifinals of the men’s 100-meter dash with a 45.86 and ranked third in the world this season Kyle Chalmers (45.52) and Maxim Grosset (45.61).

Finishers in second through thirteen were in the 47-second range, led by Vladislav Grinev (47.25).


  • Margarita Ershova fell 15 seconds behind in the women’s 1500m free to set a new national junior record of 15:55.31. Her previous best time was 16:10.89, set last November.
  • Yana Shakirovawho set a new Russian junior mark in the 100m on Day 4, won the 200m in 2:09.66, falling more than two seconds off her previous best.
  • Andrei Minakov fell below his personal best to win the men’s 50 fly and stopped 10.30pm to improve on the 22.34 mark he set in December 2020, according to SC Worlds.
  • Breaststroke star Eugenia Chikunova won the women’s 100-meter breaststroke in a time of 1:03.53, putting her ahead of her previous best of 1:04.25 (she also ran 1:04.26 in the semifinals). Nika Godun (1:03.71) Second and Alina Zmushka (1:04.33) finished third. Zmushka set a new Belarusian record in the semifinals with a time of 1:04.07. Chikunova and Godun are now fourth and fifth in the world rankings this season.
  • Republic of Tatarstan won the women’s 4×200 free relay in 7:52.48, led by a 1:54.78 anchor Valeria Salamatina.


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