Mitch Larkin Demolishes Own World Leading 200 Backstroke Time

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Photo Courtesy: Steve Christo/Swimming Australia

Mitch Larkin dominated the 200 backstroke in 1:53.90 at the 2016 Australian Championships tonight. That time improved Larkin’s own world leading 1:54.68 from Semi-Finals.

Joshua Beaver stopped the clock at 1:56.19, also under Australia’s Olympic qualifying time. Matson Lawson was third in 1:59.37, the only other swimmer under two minutes.

China’s Jiayu Xu is currently second in the world with a 1:54.79 while Ryan Murphy sits in third in 1:54.94.

 
 === Finals ===
1 LARKIN, MITCH 22 STPET 1:54.68 1:53.90. 948
 r:+0.64 26.39 54.99 (28.60)
 1:24.04 (29.05) 1:53.90 (29.86)
 2 BEAVER, JOSHUA 23 NUN 1:57.42 1:56.19Q 893
 r:+0.55 26.98 56.29 (29.31)
 1:26.03 (29.74) 1:56.19 (30.16)
 3 LAWSON, MATSON 23 TGSH 1:59.43 1:59.37 824
 r:+0.59 27.75 57.87 (30.12)
 1:28.68 (30.81) 1:59.37 (30.69)
 4 GILLILAND, JARE 21 CHAND 1:59.78 2:00.00 811
 r:+0.66 28.23 58.39 (30.16)
 1:29.31 (30.92) 2:00.00 (30.69)
 5 GROENEWALD, NIC 18 NUN 2:00.22 2:00.31 805
 r:+0.57 28.37 58.63 (30.26)
 1:29.59 (30.96) 2:00.31 (30.72)
 6 LUDLOW, TRISTAN 18 STPET 1:59.51 2:00.80 795
 r:+0.61 27.98 58.13 (30.15)
 1:29.57 (31.44) 2:00.80 (31.23)
 7 EDMONDS, BEN 24 MARI 2:00.61 2:01.08 789
 r:+0.58 28.29 58.79 (30.50)
 1:29.77 (30.98) 2:01.08 (31.31)
 8 BRIDGE, KEELAN 22 SYDU 2:01.50 2:01.77 776
 r:+0.58 28.28 58.60 (30.32)
 1:29.68 (31.08) 2:01.77 (32.09)