Teen Kolesnikov adds 2 to swim medal haul

The Associated PressGLASGOW (AP) — Russian teenage swimmer Kliment Kolesnikov added a gold and a silver to his European Championships medal haul in just over an hour’s time on Monday.

Kolesnikov dominated the men’s 100-meter backstroke for his third gold, and returned to the pool shortly afterward to help Russia take silver in the 4x100-meter medley relay. It raised his total to four from as many events.

On Saturday, Kolesnikov improved the world record in the 50 backstroke to 24 seconds, a day after triumphing with the Russian team in the 4x100 freestyle relay. A fifth medal is likely to follow after the 200-meter backstroke on Wednesday.

Kolesnikov, who turned 18 last month, is living up to his billing as one of the big prospects for Russian swimming at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.


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