Russian swimmer smashes world record

Kliment Kolesnikov beat the long-standing mark at the Russian championships

Kliment Kolesnikov obliterated the world record for the 50m backstroke as he stormed to victory at the Russian Short Course Championships in Kazan on Wednesday.

Kolesnikov registered a time of 22.11 seconds for his swim – surpassing the previous record mark of 22.22 set by France’s Florent Manaudou at the World Short Course Championships back in 2014.

Manadou’s time had been among the longest-standing records in men’s swimming before Kolesnikov surpassed the Frenchman.

Russian swimmers remain banned from official international competitions because of the conflict in Ukraine, although governing body FINA has said records set at domestic events will count as long as they meet the required standards.

As noted by swimming website swimswam.com, Kolesnikov holds three of the five fastest times ever recorded in the short course 50m backstroke.

The Moscow-born swimmer, 22, was a silver medalist in the 100m backstroke at the ..Read More..

Source:: RT All