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Kliment KOLESNIKOV
Sport Swimming
NOC ROC   
GenderMen
Born09 Jul 2000 in Moscow, RUS
Height1.95 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Moscow, RUS
Occupation
Armed Forces Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Russian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age two at the Olympiyskiy pool in Moscow, Russian Federation. He took up serious training at age six.
Why this sport?
His father was a swimmer and introduced him to the sport.
Club / Team
Dynamo: Moscow, RUS
Name of coach
Dmitry Lazarev [personal], RUS, from 2007
General Interest
Nicknames
Klim (tass.ru, 10 Aug 2018)
Hobbies
Playing basketball, table tennis. (Athlete, 21 Jan 2020)
Most influential person in career
His father. (tass.ru, 10 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Swimmer Arkady Vyatchanin. (olympics.com, 14 Jul 2021)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
Since 2013 he has worn the same footwear to walk to the competition area. (olympics.com, 14 Jul 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Everything is possible. The impossible just takes longer." (a.isl.global, 01 Jan 2020)
Awards and honours
He was named Best Individual Male Swimmer at the 2021 World Short Course Championships in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (fina.org, 21 Dec 2021)

In recognition of his performance at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, he received the Order For Merits to the Fatherland [first class] from the president of the Russian Federation. (kremlin.ru, 11 Aug 2021)

He was voted the 2018 Male Swimmer of the Year by the European Swimming League [LEN]. (len.eu, 15 Feb 2019)

He received the 2018 Silver Doe national award as one of the top 10 Russian Athletes of the Year, as voted by Russian sports journalists. (russwimming.ru, 27 Feb 2019)

He was the flag bearer for the Russian delegation at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (olympic.ru, 23 Oct 2018)

In 2018 he received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (olympic.ru, 23 Oct 2018)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (sport-express.ru, 19 Aug 2021)
Other information
PINK CAP
He chose to wear a pink cap when he began competing at national events to help his grandmother follow him during races. "Grandma loves to watch all of my races on TV. She can't usually come personally. As she could not see me too well, I had to do something, so I came up with a pink cap." (360tv.ru, 11 Apr 2019)

NAME ORIGIN
He was named after a Bulgarian saint and scholar. "We are a religious family, and when my parents were thinking about what to call me, they decided to name me in honour of Saint Clement of Ohrid." (tass.ru, 10 Aug 2018)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Backstroke 52.00
9 2021 Tokyo, JPN 50m Freestyle 21.82
3 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Freestyle 47.44
4 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:29.22
7 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:12.20
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Backstroke 53.44
3 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Backstroke 24.51
3 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:09.97
4 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Backstroke 1:55.14
Semifinal 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Backstroke 53.84
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Backstroke 25.23
6 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 100m Individual Medley 51.09
1 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 50m Backstroke 22.66
2 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 100m Backstroke 49.46
Heats 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 100m Freestyle 47.19
1 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:30.51
1 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:03.45
3 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:20.65
3 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Backstroke 49.40
4 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 50m Backstroke 22.77
1 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Individual Medley 50.63
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 200m Individual Medley 1:53.63
1 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:30.54
2 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay  
2 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:03.11
2 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:20.61
3 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:37.33
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Backstroke 54.86
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Backstroke 23.80
Semifinal 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 22.32
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 47.37
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:10.41
2 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:29.50
4 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:43.60
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Backstroke 24.00
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Backstroke 52.53
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 200m Backstroke 1:57.31
2 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:42.71
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:24.50
2 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:32.03
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:12.23
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2021 Kazan, RUS 100m Backstroke 49.13
1 2021 Kazan, RUS 50m Backstroke 22.47
Heats 2021 Kazan, RUS 50m Freestyle 21.30
1 2021 Kazan, RUS 100m Freestyle 45.58
3 2021 Kazan, RUS 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:36.42
3 2021 Kazan, RUS 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:23.35
2 2021 Kazan, RUS 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:30.79
8 2021 Kazan, RUS 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 200m Backstroke 1:52.50
1 2019 Glasgow, SCO 100m Individual Medley 51.15
1 2019 Glasgow, SCO 50m Backstroke 22.75
1 2019 Glasgow, SCO 100m Backstroke 49.09
1 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:30.63
1 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:22.92
1 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:36.22
1 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Backstroke 48.99
1 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 200m Backstroke 1:48.02
2 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Backstroke 23.07
1 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:23.23
2 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay  
1 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:30.44
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
32 2021   Overall Ranking  
3 2021 Kazan, RUS 100m Freestyle 46.35
2 2021 Kazan, RUS 100m Individual Medley 51.31
2 2021 Kazan, RUS 50m Backstroke 23.12
1 2021 Kazan, RUS 100m Backstroke 49.47
6 2016 Moscow, RUS 50m Backstroke 23.79
5 2016 Moscow, RUS 100m Backstroke 51.61
4 2016 Moscow, RUS 200m Backstroke 1:54.79
4 2016 Moscow, RUS 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:43.78
3 2016 Moscow, RUS 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:34.88