I would say the biggest achievement of all was the athletic edge, the struggle for victory, the sporting atmosphere, and the drive that everyone — the athletes, the honoured guests and the spectators — all felt.
In St. Petersburg, the pre-olympic Vladimir Salnikov Cup has come to a conclusion. The Grand Prix competitions have been won by 19-year-old Eugene Rylov, competing for Moscow region, and Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hossu. In the team medal count, St. Petersburg has won with a total of 15 medals.
The athletes and coaches at the Vladimir Salnikov Cup did not conceal the fact that they view it as a preparation for the main event next year at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Vladimir Salnikov himself noted: "the 2016 season began back in late August. Our swimmers started on the Olympic season a couple weeks after the world cup. About thirty five athletes are preparing for Rio de Janeiro - for them the Salnikov Cup is an opportunity to assess their progress.”
30 sets of medals were awarded at the tournament in individual disciplines and 2 sets in team relay. The Vladimir Salnikov Cup winners of 2016 are: Katinka Hossu (100 m backstroke, 200 m backstroke, 200 m medley, 200 m butterfly, 400 m freestyle), Aleksandra Gerasimenya (50 m backstroke, 100 m freestyle, mixed relay 4 x 50 m medley), Eugene Rylov (100 m backstroke, 200 m backstroke), Veronika Popova (200 m freestyle and mixed relay 4 x 100 m freestyle) Kirill Prigoda (50 m breaststroke, 100 m breaststroke), Natalia Ivaneeva (50 m breaststroke, 100 m breaststroke), Pavel Sankovich (200 m medley, mixed relay 4 x 50 m medley), Sergey Fesikov (100 m freestyle), Svetlana Chimrova (100 m butterfly), Alexander Pribytok (200 m butterfly), Max Stevens (400 m freestyle), Rozalia Nasretdinova (50 m freestyle) Vyacheslav Sinkevich (200 m breaststroke), Anastasia Krapivina (800 m freestyle), Oleg Kostin (50 m butterfly), Alexander Sukhorukov (mixed relay 4 x 100 m freestyle), Evgeny Lagunov (mixed relay 4 x 100 m freestyle), Daria S. Ustinova (mixed relay 4 x 100 m freestyle), Mikhail Polishchuk (200 m freestyle), Yevgeny Tsurkin (100 m butterfly), Robert Hurley (50 m backstroke), Eugene Sedov (50 m freestyle) , Daria Chikunova (200 m breaststroke), Jaroslav Potapov (1500 m freestyle), Natalia Lovtsov (50 m butterfly), Ilya Shimonovich (mixed relay 4 x 50 m medley) and Svetlana Khokhlova (mixed relay 4 x 50 m medley).
The St. Petersburg team won the medal count with 6 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze. In second was the Belarus team, in third – the national team of Hungary.
The 19-year-old Eugene Rylov won the men’s Grand Prix tournament, with the best result in FINA points for his 100 m backstroke swim. After the finish Eugene admitted that he was dissatisfied with the result, as he had expected "to swim in under 50 seconds”. The women’s main prize was taken to Hungary by Katinka Hossu – the fastest in 5 distances. This is the third Silver Shark in the collection of one of the best female swimmers of modern times.
Three athletes have set new Vladimir Salnikov Cup records, improving the times shown over the past nine seasons.
The cup ended with a bright theatrical show. At the closing event Vladimir Salnikov noted the importance of these competitions for young athletes: "they will be interested to participate in our tournament again - after all, this is a great opportunity to put your skills to the test in competition alongside the stars." The next Vladimir Salnikov Cup, in December 2016, will be the tenth annual.
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