Race Highlights: Mitch Larkin Breaks 1:46 Barrier for 200 Back World Record

Mitch Larkin Pan Pacs 2014 Swimming Australia
Photo Courtesy: Delly Carr

Earlier tonight, Mitch Larkin became the first man under 1:46 in the men’s 200-meter back at the 2015 Australian Short Course Championships.

Swimming Australia has already put together a highlight package of the swim.

200 Back Report:

Mitch Larkin unleashed a world record in the men’s 200-meter back at the 2015 Australian Short Course Championships tonight.

Larkin became the first man under 1:46 with a winning time of 1:45.63. That swim broke the previous world record of 1:46.11 set by Arkady Vyatchanin back in 2009.

Comparative splits

Vyatchanin: 25.17, 52.36 (27.19), 1:19.48 (27.12), 1:46.11 (26.63)
Larkin: 24.46, 51.35 (26.89), 1:18.42 (27.07), 1:45.63 (27.21)

Incidentally, that swim also broke the Commonwealth record of 1:47.08 set by South Africa’s George Du Rand in 2009, while also crushing Larkin’s Australian and All-Comers record of 1:47.72 from last year.

According to the Australian’s Nicole Jeffery, Larkin is the first Australian swimmer to break an individual world record in six years.