Murphy Smashes Grevers’ Pan Pacs Record In 100 Back

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American Ryan Murphy followed up Kylie Masse’s Championship record with one of his own, breaking Matt Grever’s previous record of 52.91 with a 52.19. That’s a big season best for Murphy, and only 3-tenths off of his world record from the Rio Olympics.

Qualifying second was Grevers, over a second back from Murphy in 53.27. Hometown swimmer Ryosuke Irie was third in 53.68.

American Michael Andrew, who is swimming this as a bonus event in Tokyo, was third fourth here in 53.69, which beats his best time from 2015 by more than a second. Tied with him was another American, Justin Ress, with Australian Mitch Larkin qualifying as the next swimmer through although he was back in sixth with a 53.73.

Canadian Marcus Thormeyer (53.88) will also be in tonight’s A final, as will teammate Javier Acevedo (54.13).

Notably, Americans had six swimmers in the top 10 in this event, with Jacob Pebley (53.96) and Austin Katz (54.17) locked out in eighth and tenth.

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