Ryan Murphy Keeps American Streak Alive with 100 Backstroke Olympic Record

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In tonight’s 100 backstroke final Ryan Murphy pulled away from the field in the final 50 meters to continue the United State’s tradition of elite American backstrokers. He took down American Matt Grevers‘ Olympic record of 52.16 on his way to gold. Murphy touched in 51.97. That time was only .03 shy of Aaron Peirsol‘s world record of 51.94 swum in 2009.

His teammate David Plummer will also be on the Olympic podium in his Olympic debut. Plummer stopped the clock in 52.40 for the bronze. China’s Jiayu Xu secured silver, finishing in 52.31.

Australia’s Mitchell Larkin finished just .03 out of a medal. He touched fourth in 52.43.

France’s Camille Lacourt finished fifth with 52.70. In sixth place was Evgeny Rylov of Russia with a 52.74.

Japan’s Ryosuke Irie placed seventh with a final time of 53.42. Robert Glinta of Romania was eighth in 53.50.

Click here to view full results from day three finals.



  1. Great swim, second person in the world to go under 52, but the first one to do it without body suit…….

  2. George Larson

    Smooth strokes. His head never moves.

  3. Hoang Le

    Only 0.03 off wr

Author: Cathleen Pruden

Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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