(Video Interview) A Dream Come True for Ryan Murphy

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Ryan Murphy has officially punched his ticket to Rio after touching the wall first in the men’s 100 backstroke. His time of 52.26 was just ahead of runner-up David Plummer’s 52.28, who also qualified for his first Olympic Games.

Murphy, a rising senior at Cal, came into Omaha seeded third in the event. His time, which is a new personal best, is the second fastest in the world this year behind Plummer’s 52.12 set during semifinals.

The first-time Olympian swept both the 100 and 200 yard backstrokes for the third year in a row at the 2016 NCAA Championships. He is the current American, NCAA, and U.S. Open record holder in both of those events.

Murphy talked to the media after his race about how it feels to become an Olympian and his mentality during the race.

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