Thursday, 6 May 2010

Russian Championships

The third day of the Russian Championships are in the books.

Such a pleasure to be able to watch swimming live from Russia. Why can someone in Britain watch swimming from all over the world but not from their own country?

Highlights from todays swimming:-

Grigory Falko qualified comfortably in the 200m Breast semi with a time of 2:12. It will take a sub 2:11 tomorrow to make the Top 5 in the world this year.

Alexander Sukhorukov caused a shock by winning the 200 Free in 1:47.59. Daniil Isotov, bronze medallist from Rome, could only manage second with his time of 1:48.31. Isotov got the pacing all wrong in this event. He was last at the 50m and outside of the top 5 at the 100m, I clocked him at 53.8. Sukhorukov had a much better race plan and comfortably held out the fast finishing Isotov.

(The race takes place 38 minutes into the video)

Yulia Efimova was a comfortable winner of the 100m Breast in a time of 1:07.56. Efimova was out in 32.01 but tired in the second 50. She looked stronger and more comfortable in her semi-final yesterday where she swam 1:06.66.

Anastasia Zueva was the fastest qualifier from the 100m Back semi-finals. Zueva will be looking to dip below 60 seconds tomorrow after her effort today of 1:00.47. (Out in 29.59).

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