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19 Apr, 2012 08:56

Record-holder Korotyshkin gets an Olympic ticket

The Russian Olympic swimming team is taking shape. Six-time world record holder, Evgeny Korotyshkin, is one of five more athletes to book their places for London 2012 at the national championships in Moscow.

Korotyshkin won the 100 meters butterfly in a tight battle on Wednesday.  

The 28-year-old beat Nikolay Skvortsov by just one hundredth of a second, and both clocked the required Olympic qualification time.

“You know from the start I was preparing for the Olympics,” Korotyshkin said. “I wasn’t expecting to face such strong competition. My aim was to achieve a qualification time and I’m happy I did that as well as winning the event. It was also a psychological victory for me.”  

And they'll be joined in London by Arkady Vyatchanin and Vladimir Morozov, who took gold and silver in the 100 meters backstroke.

While Alexander Tikhonov won the four 400 meters medley in 4 minutes and 15 seconds to book his place on the Russian Olympic team as well.

The Russian swimming championships conclude on Sunday with plenty of Olympic places still at stake.