FINA World Championships Predictions: Men’s 200 Back

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Ryan Murphy won gold in both the 100 and 200 back in Rio, and if the majority of our experts are correct in their predictions for the 100 back, he will be going for the same sweep in the 200 back final at the FINA World Championships.

Murphy held off Mitch Larkin and Evgeny Rylov in that Rio final of the 200 back, and those two will certainly push him in Budapest, along with Rio fourth-place finisher Xu Jiayu, Murphy’s training partner Jacob Pebley and Short Course World Champion Radoslaw Kawecki.

Read below to see what Swimming World’s trio of experts think will happen in Budapest. David RiederJohn Lohn and Andy Ross will each offer their predictions for who will finish on the podium.

Men’s 200 Back

Current Records:

World Record: Aaron Peirsol, USA (2009) — 1:51.92
Championship Record: Aaron Peirsol, USA (2009) — 1:51.92
American Record: Aaron Peirsol (2009) — 1:51.92

2015 World Champion: Mitch Larkin, AUS — 1:53.58
2016 Olympic Gold Medalist: Ryan Murphy, USA — 1:53.62
2017 World No. 1: Evgeny Rylov, RUS — 1:53.81

Swimming World Predictions

David Rieder’s Picks:

Gold: Ryan Murphy, USA
Silver: Evgeny Rylov, RUS
Bronze: Mitch Larkin, AUS

John Lohn’s Picks:

Gold: Ryan Murphy, USA
Silver: Evgeny Rylov, RUS
Bronze: Xu Jiayu, CHN

Andy Ross’ Picks:

Gold: Evgeny Rylov, RUS
Silver: Ryan Murphy, USA
Bronze: Jacob Pebley, USA

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  1. avatar

    Am seeing Rylov as very much a threat to Murphy this year. Bronze is very open but Larkin can probably be discounted …. his showings have been very poor so far this year and would need to lift considerably to even final in both this and 100

Author: David Rieder

David Rieder is the host of Swimming World TV and a staff writer for Swimming World. A contributor to the magazine and website since 2009, he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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