Kolesnikov confirms racing in Helsinki
Kliment Kolesnikov, the double reigning European Junior Champion, will be seen in Helsinki at European Junior Championships in 4–8 July. 17 years old Russian swimmer is holding a World Record time in short course 100m backstroke from European Championships in Copenhagen, where he won two gold medals, on 100m and 200m backstrokes. Kolesnikov holds also numerous World Junior Record times.
High chance for World Junior Record in Helsinki
Kolesnikov is about to start a busy summer season and European Juniors in Helsinki will be the first major in the schedule. Last time he impressed the swimming world was only in April when he lowered WJR in 100m back with sub 53 seconds and touched another WJR 24.46 in 50m at Russian National Championships in Moscow.
– I was in for the record but at the same time a bit surprised because I hadn't shaved for Moscow, Kolesnikov told.
Celebrating birthday after racing in Helsinki
In June Kolesnikov will be starting at Mare Nostrum and then focusing for European Juniors in Helsinki. It will be Kolesnikov's first visit ever to Finland. After earning two individual gold medals and one silver from Netanya 2017, he is going for gold medals in Helsinki:
– I will be racing in backstrokes for sure, maybe also some freestyle. And relays of course. Trying to swim for gold in Helsinki, I want to win, Kolesnikov stated.
This is his last year in junior age groups, he will turn 18 years on Monday 9thJuly, right after European Juniors in Helsinki. Celebrating birthday has to be kept short as there is European Championships coming in the beginning of August in Glasgow. And his first Olympics will take place in October as the Youth Olympic Games will kick off in Buenos Aires.