Russians Evgeny Rylov, Kliment Kolesnikov Highlight Hangzhou 50 Back Final

(140820) -- Nanjing, Aug 20,2014 (Xinhua) -- Evgeny Rylov of Russian Federation celebrates after the final of Men's 50m Backstroke of Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of east China?s Jiangsu Province, on August 20, 2014. Evgeny Rylov won the gold. (Xinhua/Yue Yuewei) (lyq)
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Just .21 separated first from fifth in the 50 backstroke final at the 2018 FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships. Russia’s Evgeny Rylov got to the wall first in 22.58, followed closely by USA’s Ryan Murphy (22.63). Both swims are now the top-two times done this year.

Murphy(on his finish): “It was a good race. That’s the best of the best in that field and to come out second was a great achievement.”

Ireland’s Shane Ryan raced to the podium with a 22.76, besting Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov (22.77) and Brazil’s Guilherme Guido (22.79). Despite missing out on the podium, Kolesnikov was able to dip under his own World Junior Record set in November of this year.

Italy’s Simone Sabbioni (23.26), Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter (23.44) and Germany’s Christian Diener (23.49) rounded out the heat.

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