Russian swimmer, Olympic bronze medallist, many-time medal winner of European and world championships, Vladimir Morozov, was unbeatable in the men’s 50m backstroke at the sixth leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup in Kazan. The swimmer touched the pad at 24.55.
Michael Andrew took silver (24.60). Grigory Tarasevich, Russian swimmer and student of the Volga Region State Academy of Physical Culture and Sport, rounded off the podium with bronze.
Russia’s Daria Ustinova showed the best result in the women’s 200m freestyle event (1:59.23). “Everything turned out well – I clocked my best result. I haven’t expected that I will succeed in the 200m event at this leg – I was mainly training for the 100m event, that’s why I’m very happy,” the swimmer admitted.
Another Russian swimmer, Daria Mullakaeva, earned silver medal with 1:59.43. “We were at the training camp in Armenia, and after the mountains you always have unexpected results – it's either all or nothing,” said the silver medallist. “It’s a decent result for this leg. We have the Russian championships ahead; we will be improving this result.”
Zsuzsanna Jakabos of Poland finished third, clocking 1:59.45. Earlier today, the Polish swimmer had already claimed bronze in the women’s 400m individual medley. “I’m a little bit disappointed because I was so close to winning silver in both heats but it looks like this is my limit for now,” the swimmer admitted. “Two heats within 10 minutes is a good training experience for me. The season is quite long – I will be competing in Doha, at the European championships in Glasgow.”
European champion Philip Heintz (GER) topped the podium in the men’s 200m individual medley (1:59.11). According to the winner, the final 50 metres were the most difficult for him.
Danas Rapsys of Lithuania finished second (1:59.97). “It’s not my best time but for this leg it’s quite decent,” he said. Japan’s Keita Sunama rounded out the podium in third.
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