Matthew Klotz Lowers 100 Back Deaf World Record

Photo Courtesy: Brian Honicky

Matthew Klotz, an undergraduate studying at LSU, overturned his own deaf World Record today in the 100-meter backstroke. Klotz, who previously held the record at a 57.11, soared past his former record to set the bar at 56.06 in a prelims swim at the Tiger Aquatics Summer Classic meet.

Today’s new record makes Klotz the first deaf swimmer to ever post a sub-57 second swim in the 100-meter backstroke.

Klotz first grabbed hold of the deaf World Record in 2013 when he won gold at the Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria and has continued to lower it each year.

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Author: Taylor Brien

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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