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Russian swimmer Kolesnikov broke the eight-year-old 50m backstroke world record

Kliment Kolesnikov won the Russian Swimming Championships in the 50m backstroke with a score of 22.11 seconds

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Kliment Kolesnikov, with a world record, won the 50m backstroke at the Russian Short Course Swimming Championship, which takes place as part of the Friendship Games international competition in Kazan.

His result was 22.11 seconds.

Now the record belongs to the Frenchman Florent Manod, who swam the distance in 22.22 seconds in 2014.

The decision to ratify the world record must be made by the International Swimming Federation. Russian swimmers are now suspended from international competitions.

Kolesnikov is 22 years old, he is a two-time medalist of the 2018 Olympics (silver in 100m backstroke and bronze in 100m freestyle), three-time medalist of the world championships, six-time winner of the world championships in short course.

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