Three CRs for Kolesnikov in one night
Kliment Kolesnikov from Russian team was the name for the fourth night of championships in Helsinki. He started well in 50m backstroke semifinals taking lane 4 for the final with 24.77. There was 0,17 seconds improvement for his own Championships Record from 2016.
Kolesnikov's second start placed in 200m backstroke final. Once again there was high hopes for a great race between Kolesnikov and Daniel-Christian Martin from Romania, as they shared gold medal on 100m back on Thursday night. On the third lap Kolesnikov left Martin behind and sailed for victory with 1.55,83. It beat Radoslav Kawecki's CR from 2009 by more than eight tenths. The second CR for Saturday was born. Bronze was taken by Roman Mityukov from Switzerland.
– It wasn’t my best, I can do better. But I’ve done all that I can. I just wanted to bring a gold medal to our team.
This time Kolesnikov was faster than his contestant Daniel-Cristian Martin.
– But it was more important to beat my own record on this distance than to beat Martin. It was great to swim with him and it’s really good when everyone swims really fast!
50 minutes later it was time for the third event, 50 meters back final. Kolesnikov was after his own World Junior Record from April in Russian nationals. At the end it was only 0,06 seconds short, but once again, a new CR with 24,52. Silver medal for Michael Schaeffner (GER) and bronze for Thierry Bollin (SUI).
– I’m more pleased with 200 meters than 50 meters. It felt really good trough the whole 200 meters. But when I touched the board and saw the result I was a bit dissapointed at first because it felt like I was going to beat my own record. But then I was happy when I heard I broke the Competition Record.
On the 50 meters he wasn’t so optimistic this time.
– But the European Championships are in August so maybe there, he winks and smiles.
Great races throughout Saturday night
Russian team put up a great show on 4x100m Medley relay for mixed teams. 3.47,99 brougth victory by almost 3,5 seconds ahead of Great Britain and Germany. Russia wrote a new European Junior Record.
– I think it was a high performance win. Actually, we weren’t expecting to break the European Junior Record. We are really happy! Our coahces gave us really good tactics, Andrei Minakov from Russian team told.
Can you tell more about the tactics?
– No, that’s a secret, says Andrei loughing.
– This was the first time we swam together as a team. We used to train in different cities but Vladislav Gerasimenko has been training in the same team with me since May.
Against all odds there was another shared gold of the championships. This time among women in 100m butterfly. Emily Large (GBR) and Anastasia Shkurdai (BLR) won the race with 59,37. Petra Barocsai from Hungary finished third with 59,95.
There was almost as tight race in women's 200m freestyle, when Isabel Gose (GER) took gold only one tenth ahead of Ajna Kesely (HUN). It was the first gold for Germany and the first individual not-golden medal for Kesely.