Evgeniya Chikunova wins gold in 100 m breaststroke race

Evgeniya Chikunova wins gold in 100 m breaststroke race
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All the medal winners of today’s 100 m breastroke race at the Russian Swimming Championships in Kazan come from St. Petersburg.

Evgeniya Chikunova came first, finishing at 1:06.63. “Every victory brings joy. It might appear that winning is easy, but it’s not. My competitors were fierce, Masha Temnikova was right behind me today,” the swimmer said.

Mariya Temnikova came second (1:07.28). Darya Chikunova won bronze (1:08.11).

The winner of the men’s 50 m breastroke race was Grigory Tarasevich from Tatarstan, who finished at 24.77. This is a second gold medal for the swimmer, who earlier won the 100 m backstroke race.

“The race was rather successful, I managed to break my own record. Some elements like the touch did not quite work out,” the athlete commented. Tarasevich also said that the swimming camp at Krugloye Lake helped him get back in shape. “After a break like this, it feels like you forgot how to swim. That’s how this sport works: you stop swimming for two weeks, it feels like a 2-month break; you quit it for two months – you start anew. We gradually got back in shape at Krugloye Lake; we worked with various elements to get our form back,” he said.

Pavel Samusenko from the Murmansk Oblast came second (25.09), while Nikita Ulyanov from the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug (Yugra) won bronze (25.17).

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