Andrei Minakov tops 100m butterfly at 2020 Russian Swim Champs

Th six-time Youth Olympic gold medallist bags another title at the Russian nationals, winning the 100m butterfly.

By Ken Browne

Another day, another title for Andrei Minakov, Russia's swim star on the rise.

Followin a gold medal in the opening day, today (Tuesday 27 October) the 18-year-old won the 100m butterfly event on Day 3 of the Russian Nationals in Kazan.

The time of 51.37 seconds was enough for the Gwangju 2019 silver medallist to hold off a serious challenge from Egor Kuimov, who clocked 51.67 to claim second place.

World 50m butterfly silver medallist Oleg Kostin finished third clocking 51.95.

More in the tank for Minakov at Tokyo 2020

Minakov did his job at the Russian Nationals, again, claiming a second 2020 nationals title after his opening day relay win.

But he was a little off from his 50.83 national record swim in South Korea last year.

At the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games two years ago, he clocked 51.12 in the 100m butterfly, breaking the Russian national record at the time.

At just 18 - he'll be 19 at the Tokyo Games next summer - Minakov will be one of the swimmers to watch at Tokyo 2020.

In the other events of the day in Kazan, Anastasia Klyarovskaya comfortably won the women's 200m backstroke, with Arina Openysheva taking the 100m freestyle.