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Ex-Record Holder Zueva Qualifies for London 2012

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Former Olympic 100-meter backstroke record holder Anastasia Zueva has qualified for London 2012 after swimming under the qualification time at the Russian trials in Moscow on Sunday.

Former Olympic 100-meter backstroke record holder Anastasia Zueva has qualified for London 2012 after swimming under the qualification time at the Russian trials in Moscow on Sunday.

Zueva finished in a time of 58.97 seconds, and was the only Russian to qualify, with second-placed Ksenia Moskvina and third-placed Maria Gromova each more than two seconds slower.

The qualification time is 1 minute 0.82 seconds.

Zueva’s chances of success in London were boosted by the decision to schedule the 100-meter backstroke race before the longer distances, she said.

“It’s good that the hundred will be at the start of the Games, then the 200-meter distance.”

Double European champion Anastasia Chaun qualified for the 200-meter breaststroke in a time of 2 minutes 24.13 seconds, shattering the qualification time by over two seconds. Yulia Yefimova, a former 50-meter breaststroke world record holder, also qualified.

Chaun said did not swim to her full potential at the trials.

“I’m very pleased that I won today, but everything’s just getting started,” she said.

“Before the Olympics I’ll improve my time with better technique. Today the start was a little slow, we’ll work on that, we’ll work on the turns.”

Danila Izotov won the men’s 100-meter freestyle race in a time of 48.27 seconds to qualify for the Olympics, while second-placed Nikita Lobintsev and third-placed Andrei Grechin also beat the Olympic cut-off time of 48.82 seconds.

Lobintsev, a former world and European champion, had earlier failed to make the cut for the 200 and 400-meter freestyle events.

There was disappointment for Alexander Tikhonov, the Russian record holder for the men’s 200-meter medley, who failed to qualify for the Olympics despite winning the Russian title. His time was 0.53 seconds outside the Olympic cut-off of 2 minutes 0.17 seconds.

Russia suffered a blow Saturday when none of its female swimmers met the qualification standard for the 100 and 200-meter freestyle and 100 meter butterfly, leaving Russia without an entry in those events at the Olympics.

 

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