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Zueva Zips To 200 Back Lead On 2:06.59

Apr 19, 2012  - Craig Lord

On day 3 of Russian nationals in Moscow, Anastasia Zueva clocked 2:06.59 on her way to the helm of the 2012 world rankings 0.09sec ahead of Australian Belinda Hocking.

Not quite the shiny suit Russian mark of 2:04.94 (second best ever, all suits) but Zueva cracked the Russian textile suit best twice in the past 24 hours, a 2:07.56 in semis getting past her previous best, of 2:07.91, from last year.

The race was also notable for Zueva becoming the fourth woman in textile to get inside the 2:06.69 at which Krisztina Egerszegi, Olympic champion for Hungary in 1988, 1992 and 1996, held the world mark between 1991 and 2008, when shiny suits took over for a limited season that ended with a ban on January 1, 2010.

The all-time top 5 in textile:

  • 2:05.10 Missy Franklin (USA) 2011
  • 2:06.06 Belinda Hocking (AUS) 2011
  • 2:06.46 Zhao Jing (CHN) 2010
  • 2:06.59 Anastasia Zueva (RUS) 2012
  • 2:06.62 Krsiztina Egerszegi (HUN) 1991

The next two sub 2:07s on the list belong to Elizabeth Simmonds (GBR), 2:06.79, and Olympic champion of 2004 and 2008 and world record holder all suits, on 2:04.81, Kirsty Coventry (ZIM), on 2:06.83.

How Olympic season is shaping up:

  • 2:06.59 Zueva 
  • 2:06.68 Hocking 
  • 2:07.83 Meagen Nay (AUS)
  • 2:07.92 Simmonds
  • 2:07.97 Franklin

The four who follow have swum inside 2:09

In other action, Danila Izotov took the 200m freestyle in 1:46.56, fifth best in the world so far this world on a ranking headed by the only man to race at the pace where the podium chasers will be come London 2012, Yannick Agnel (FRA), on 1:44.42. Evgeny Lagunov claimed Ruissia's second Olympic berth in 1:47.47, while Artem Lobuzov, 1:47.53, and Nikita Lobintsev, 1:47.78, are first in line for 4x200m relay berths.

Others to make the Russian cut for London 2012 were Vyatcheslav Sinkevitch, on 2:11.04 in the 200m breaststroke; and Yuliya Efimova, on 1:07.05 in the 100m breaststroke after 1:06.92, in semis. The women's freestyle dash went to Svetlana Fedulova in 25.32.