The fifth day of swimming competitions has concluded today at the FINA World Masters Championships in Kazan. The world’s best relay teams competed in the men’s, women’s and mixed 4x50m medley and freestyle events.
First heats kicked off at 8 o’clock in the morning when mixed relay teams climbed the starting blocks to start competing in the 4x50m medley. The most interesting thing about relay events at the Masters tournament is that the relay age groups are calculated from the total age of team members. The Poseidon A team turned out to be the maturest one among all. The team members competed in the 280-319 age group and finished the race with a time of 3:57.59. The world record in the mixed relay event was set by Russia’s Neva Stars D team that touched the wall in 1:55.32.
But this was just the beginning. Two more records were achieved in the mixed 4x50m medley. The first record was updated by South Africa’s Cape Town Msc A team. They covered the distance in 1:55.19 in the 240-279 age group. The second record was set by Russia’s Tsunami A (Nizhny Novgorod), their time being 1:40.14 in the 120-159 age group.
The mixed event was next followed by the men’s 4х50 medley. The best time was shown by Russia’s Neva Stars team. In their 169-199 age group, they finished the heat with a time of 1:47.07, which turned out to be a world record for this event. One more world record was achieved by Russian athletes in the 100-119 age group when Moscow’s Troyka team hit the touchpad at 1:43.83.
Russia’s Neva Stars Club (St. Petersburg) was best in the women’s 4x50m medley. And again the Russian swimmers set the world record, having finished the race with 2:00.05 in the 100-119 age group.
The St. Petersburg athletes continued their winning streak in the next medley event as well. The Neva Stars team updated the world record in the men’s 4x50m medley after stopping the watch at 1:36.28 in the 160-199 age group. The next world record was claimed by the Zubr A team from Bulgaria. They covered the distance in 1:34.09.
And again Russia’s Neva Stars team was unbeatable in the women’s 4х50 freestyle event. They female swimmers set another world record by finishing the race with a time of 1:50.30 in the 100-119 age group. The second record in the same event but in a different age group (120-150 years old) was achieved by the Tsunami Club of Russia (Nizhny Novgorod). They touched the wall at 1:49.03.
Press Office of Organising Committee for 16th FINA World Championships