Watch Kliment Kolesnikov Set World Record in 100 Backstroke
Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov, while handling the leadoff leg of Energy Standard’s 400 medley relay, set a world record in the short course 100 backstroke on the opening day of the International Swimming League Grand Final. Racing at the Duna Arena in Budapest, Kolesnikov clocked a time of 48.58 to beat the previous world record of 48.88, set by China’s Xu Jiayu in 2018.
Kolesnikov, who is the world-record holder in the long-course 50 backstroke, will get a chance to take the record even lower when the 100 backstroke is held on the second day of the meet. Kolesnikov will duel in the event with reigning Olympic champion Ryan Murphy. In his record swim en route to leading Energy Standard to victory in the 400 medley relay, Kolesnikov went out in 23.80. His previous best in the event was a 48.90.
The world record was one of four on the day, as American Caeleb Dressel set global marks in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly and the Cali Condors set a standard in the 400 medley relay, thanks to the efforts of Olivia Smoliga, Lilly King, Kelsi Dahlia and Erika Brown.
The second season of the ISL will conclude on Sunday and the record-breaking efforts are expected to continue, led by Dressel in multiple events and King chasing the world record in the 100 breaststroke.