Evgeny Rylov Cruises To Top Of 200 Back Semi-Finals

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Men’s 200 Back Semi-Finals:

Australia’s Mitch Larkin got off to an early lead in heat two of the men’s 200 back semi-finals, but received a strong challenge in the last 50 meters from Russia’s Evgeny Rylov and the USA’s Jacob Pebley. Rylov smoothly bypassed Larkin to claim the top seed going into tomorrow night’s final with a time of 1:54.45.

Larkin settled for a close second place seed with a 1:54.73, while Pebley earned the third place seed with a 1:54.92.

Fellow American Ryan Murphy topped heat one of the semi-finals to earn the fourth place seed with a time of 1:55.15.

The Chinese duo of Xu Jiayu and Li Guangyuan picked up the fifth and sixth place seeds with times of 1:55.66 and 1:55.92 respectively.

Japan’s Ryosuke Irie returns tomorrow as seventh with a 1:56.31, while Germany’s Christian Diener turned in a 1:56.37 for eighth.

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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