Russian Teen Kolesnikov Breaks 50m Backstroke World Record


Gold medallist Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men’s 50m backstroke swimming final at the Tollcross swimming centre during the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow on August 4, 2018. Oli SCARFF / AFP


Kliment Kolesnikov broke the men’s 50m backstroke world record at the European Championships in Glasgow on Saturday.

The 18-year-old Russian clocked a time of 24.00 seconds to win gold, shaving 0.04sec off the previous mark set by Britain’s Liam Tancock in 2009.

Romania’s Robert-Andrei Glinta was second in 24.55 while Ireland’s Shane Ryan finished third in 24.64.


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