Kliment Kolesnikov, 16: Russian Rifle Shy Of Muscle But Not Speed Of Men In His Sights

Kliment Kolesnikov - by Craig Lord

It may be tempting to think of Kliment Kolesnikov’s best backstroke efforts of 54.03 over 100m and 1:55.49 over 200m – the latter the third in the world so far this year and a world junior record – as the results of a boy physically developed beyond his age. I met the young speedster this weekend at the Energy Standard Cup in Lignano along the coast from Venice and can reveal the good or bad news, depending on the angle you approach it at: the idea of a man in boy’s bathers is wishful thinking. Here’s a tall teen with a schoolboy smile and an awful lot of muscle to put on bones yet.

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