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China’s Xu Jiayu established a big lead off the start in the 200 back final and did not give back any of his early advantage. The Olympic silver medalist in the event, Xu finished in 53.04, moving past Matt Grevers’ 53.31 from January in Austin as the top time in the world this year.
As was the case in the 200 back on day two, Cal’s Jacob Pebley couldn’t catch up to Xu, but he still put up a strong time of 53.77 in finishing second. That time was good for the third-fastest time in the world in 2017. Meanwhile, Louisville’s Grigory Tarasevich, just two days removed from finishing up at the ACC championships in Atlanta, posted a fifth-ranked time of 53.96 to take third.
Japan’s Ryosuke Irie took fourth in 54.64, and joining him under 55 was Great Britain’s Chris Walker-Hebborn (54.90). Also in the final were New York Athletic Club’s Arkady Vyatchanin (55.16), Gustav Hokfelt (55.22) and Pike Peak’s Daniel Carr (55.98).