Camille Lacourt Wins Third Straight 50 Back World Title; Grevers Bronze

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France’s Camille Lacourt announced he would retire after Budapest and he closed his career out in style with his third straight World title in the 50 backstroke. Lacourt swam a 24.35 to win the gold medal ahead of Japan’s Junya Koga (24.51) and USA’s Matt Grevers (24.56). The top three medalists are all over the age of 30.

France’s Jeremy Stravius (24.61), China’s Xu Jiayu (24.74), USA’s Justin Ress (24.77), Belarus’ Pavel Sankovich (24.83) and Israel’s Jonatan Kopelev (24.85) also competed in the championship final.

Lacourt is the first swimmer to win three straight 50 back titles in the event’s short history. Lacourt is also the ninth male swimmer to win the same event at World Championships three straight times.

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