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Mitchell James Larkin (born 9 July 1993) is an Australian competitive swimmer who specialises in backstroke events. He competed for Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics[3] and the 2016 Summer Olympics.[4]

Mitch Larkin
Mitchel Larkin before 100m backstroke (27533466822).jpg
Larkin in 2016, at the Santa Clara Arena Grand Prix
Personal information
Full name Mitchell James Larkin
Nickname(s) "Mitch" "Larkinator"
National team  Australia
Born (1993-07-09) 9 July 1993 (age 24)
Buderim, Queensland
Height 189 cm (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Weight 74 kg (163 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke
Club St Peter’s Western
Coach Dean Boxall[2]



Larkin won a gold medal in the 200-metre backstroke and a silver medal in both the 50-metre and 100-metre backstroke at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, and two gold in the 100-metre and 200-metre backstroke at the 2015 FINA world championships in Kazan, Russia.

His personal best in long course events are 52.11 for the 100 metre backstroke[5] and 1:53.17 for the 200 metre backstroke,[6] both set at the Dubai world cup in November 2015.

In November 2015, Larkin broke the short course world record in the 200-metre backstroke, lowering it to 1:45.63.[7]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics swimming championships, Larkin represented Australia in the 100m and 200m backstroke and the 4 x 100m medley relay.[8] In the 100m backstroke, Larkin was the third fastest in the heats with a time of 53.04 and third fastest out of the two second semi-final heats with a time of 52.70.

Despite only being three hundredths slower than his gold medal winning time at the 2015 world championships, he missed out on a medal, finishing fourth in the final with a time of 52.43.

Larkin set a record as the first swimmer to win every backstroke event and also the most gold medals for a swimmer at a single Commonwealth Games event. Five gold medals from men's backstroke 50m, 100m and 200m, Men's 200m Individual Medley and Men's 4 x 100m Medley.[9][10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Mitchell Larkin". Swimming Australia. Retrieved 9 June 2018. 
  2. ^ Jeffery, Nicole. "Mitch Larkin finally settles on his new coach, Simon Cusack". The Australian. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  3. ^ London 2012 Archived 28 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^
  5. ^ Lord, Craig (November 6, 2015). "Mitch Larkin Refuses 2nd Best On The Clock: 52.11 Back Blast Seals Status At World No1". Swimvortex. Retrieved November 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ Lord, Craig (November 7, 2015). "Mitch Larkin Rattles 1:53 Barrier & The Cage Of An American Olympic Tradition". Swimvortex. Retrieved November 7, 2015. 
  7. ^ Lord, Craig (November 27, 2015). "Dolphin Mitch Larkin Leaps To 1:45.6 WR 200 Back Not Far Off Free Pace Of The Albatross". Swimvortex. Retrieved November 27, 2015. 
  8. ^ "2016 Australian Olympic Swimming Team selected". Australian Olympic Committee. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "The victory gives Larkin a fifth gold medal of the Games". 9News. 10 April 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018. 
  10. ^ "Aussie swimmer Mitch Larkin takes record Games bounty". Wide World of Sports. 10 April 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018. 

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Preceded by
Arkady Vyatchanin
Men's 200 metre backstroke
world record holder (short course)

November 27, 2015 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Kosuke Hagino
Pacific Rim Swimmer of the Year
Succeeded by
Kosuke Hagino
Preceded by
Chad le Clos
FINA Swimmer of the Year
Succeeded by
Michael Phelps