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Swimming at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre backstroke

The men's 200 metre backstroke event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place on 10–11 August at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.[1]

Men's 200 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
VenueOlympic Aquatics Stadium
Dates10 August 2016 (heats &
semifinals)
11 August 2016 (final)
Competitors26 from 19 nations
Winning time1:53.62
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Ryan Murphy  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Mitch Larkin  Australia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Evgeny Rylov  Russia
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The American tradition of excellence continued in the distance backstroke, as Ryan Murphy made a historic milestone to claim the country's sixth straight title, and strike a backstroke double for the first time, since Aaron Peirsol did so in 2004. He held off a stiff competition from Australia's reigning world champion Mitch Larkin down the home stretch to earn his second individual gold at the Games with a time of 1:53.62.[2][3] Leading the race early on the initial length, Larkin pulled closer to Murphy about the midway through the final lap, but could not catch him near the wall to finish with a silver-medal time in 1:53.96.[4] Meanwhile, Russia's Evgeny Rylov finished with the bronze in 1:53.97, a hundredth of a second behind Larkin.[5][6]

Trailing the top three by over a second, China's Xu Jiayu, runner-up to Murphy in the 100 m backstroke on night three, took the fourth spot in 1:55.16, while his teenage teammate Li Guangyuan posted a sixth-place time in 1:55.89. U.S. swimmer Jacob Pebley, who had upset the defending champion Tyler Clary at the Olympic trials one month earlier, split the Chinese duo to finish fifth with a 1:55.52.[7] Germany's Christian Diener (1:56.27), along with double London 2012 medalist Ryosuke Irie of Japan (1:56.36), rounded out the field.[6]

The medals for the competition were presented by Yumilka Ruiz, Cuba, IOC member, and the gifts were presented by Dmitris Diathestopoulos, Member of the FINA Bureau.

RecordsEdit

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record   Aaron Peirsol (USA) 1:51.92 Rome, Italy 31 July 2009
Olympic record   Tyler Clary (USA) 1:53.41 London, United Kingdom 2 August 2012

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 2 4 Evgeny Rylov   Russia 1:55.02 Q
2 2 5 Xu Jiayu   China 1:55.51 Q
3 4 4 Mitch Larkin   Australia 1:56.01 Q
4 3 4 Ryan Murphy   United States 1:56.29 Q
5 3 5 Jacob Pebley   United States 1:56.44 Q
6 2 3 Jan-Philip Glania   Germany 1:56.50 Q
4 7 Andrey Shabasov   Russia Q
8 4 3 Ryosuke Irie   Japan 1:56.61 Q
9 2 2 Christian Diener   Germany 1:56.62 Q
10 4 6 Josh Beaver   Australia 1:56.65 Q
11 3 6 Li Guangyuan   China 1:56.85 Q
12 4 1 Leonardo de Deus   Brazil 1:57.00 Q, NR
13 2 6 Masaki Kaneko   Japan 1:57.19 Q
14 3 2 Hugo González   Spain 1:57.50 Q
15 4 8 Corey Main   New Zealand 1:57.51 Q
16 3 3 Yakov Toumarkin   Israel 1:57.58 Q
17 4 5 Radosław Kawęcki   Poland 1:57.61
18 1 4 Robert Glință   Romania 1:57.91
19 2 7 Ádám Telegdy   Hungary 1:59.09
20 1 5 Rexford Tullius   Virgin Islands 1:59.14
21 4 2 Danas Rapšys   Lithuania 1:59.58
22 3 1 Dávid Földházi   Hungary 1:59.69
3 8 Omar Pinzón   Colombia
24 3 7 Apostolos Christou   Greece 1:59.78
25 2 1 Mikita Tsmyh   Belarus 2:00.96
26 1 3 Boris Kirillov   Azerbaijan 2:05.01

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Ryan Murphy   United States 1:55.15 Q
2 4 Xu Jiayu   China 1:55.66 Q
3 6 Ryosuke Irie   Japan 1:56.31 Q
4 3 Jan-Philip Glania   Germany 1:56.53
5 2 Josh Beaver   Australia 1:56.57
6 7 Leonardo de Deus   Brazil 1:57.67
7 8 Yakov Toumarkin   Israel 1:58.63
8 1 Hugo González   Spain 1:59.08

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Evgeny Rylov   Russia 1:54.45 Q
2 5 Mitch Larkin   Australia 1:54.73 Q
3 3 Jacob Pebley   United States 1:54.92 Q
4 7 Li Guangyuan   China 1:55.92 Q
5 2 Christian Diener   Germany 1:56.37 Q
6 1 Masaki Kaneko   Japan 1:56.78
7 6 Andrey Shabasov   Russia 1:56.84
8 8 Corey Main   New Zealand 1:58.08

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  6 Ryan Murphy   United States 1:53.62
  5 Mitch Larkin   Australia 1:53.96
  4 Evgeny Rylov   Russia 1:53.97 EU
4 2 Xu Jiayu   China 1:55.16
5 3 Jacob Pebley   United States 1:55.52
6 7 Li Guangyuan   China 1:55.89
7 8 Christian Diener   Germany 1:56.27
8 1 Ryosuke Irie   Japan 1:56.36

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Men's 200m Backstroke". Rio 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  2. ^ Oliveira, Pedro (12 August 2016). "King of backstroke Ryan Murphy holds off stiff competition from Australia to win 200m gold". Daily Mail. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  3. ^ Stubbs, Roman (12 August 2016). "Ryan Murphy sweeps the backstroke in Rio with gold medal in 200-meter event". Daily Mail. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  4. ^ Pentony, Luke (11 August 2016). "Rio 2016: Mitch Larkin claims Olympic silver medal in 200 metres backstroke". ABC News Australia. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Russian Swimmer Evgeny Rylov Wins Bronze in Men's 200m Backstroke". Sputnik. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Ryan Murphy Continues American Dominance With Gold Medal Performance In 200 Back". Swimming World Magazine. 11 August 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Ryan Murphy takes 200m backstroke gold, sweeps backstrokes in Rio". NBC Olympics. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Cavic supplants Phelps' 100 fly time". ESPN. 31 July 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  9. ^ Michaelis, Vicky (31 July 2009). "Phelps earns relay gold medal, Peirsol sets 200m backstroke mark". USA Today. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  10. ^ Auerbach, Nicole (2 August 2012). "Clary tops Lochte, wins gold in 200-meter backstroke". USA Today. Retrieved 8 July 2013.