World Championships: Ryan Murphy Sets Pace Into 200 Back Final; Williams & Greenbank Get British 2-3

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World Championships: Ryan Murphy Sets Pace Into 200 Back Final; Williams & Greenbank Get British 2-3

Ryan Murphy was the only man inside 1:56 as he set the pace into the men’s 200 backstroke final.

The American won silver in Tokyo last year behind Evgeny Rylov who is banned for the foreseeable future as a member of the Russian team.

Rylov won the last two world titles with Murphy second on both occasions, the American looking up to upgrade this time around having already claimed silver in the 100 back.

The United States have won the world crown on 10 occasions and Murphy, who won silver in the 100 back behind Thomas Ceccon and the Italian’s WR, made his intentions clear in 1:55.43.

Brodie Williams swam a PB of 1:56.17 ahead of Olympic bronze medallist Luke Greenbank (1:56.42) as the British pair went 2-3.

Mitch Larkin, who won gold at Kazan 2015, was locked out by one place in 1:57.36 as first reserve with Yohann Ndoye Brouard next in 1:57.38.

It was a PB of 0.09 for Williams, his first in three years, and he told Swimming World:

“It’s just what we’ve been practising in training. The semi-final was about 95% effort – I did lay down a marker there but there’s more in the tank, I’ve just got to push the first 100 a bit more.”

Qualifiers

  1. Ryan Murphy (USA); 1:55.43
  2. Brodie Williams (GBR); 1:56.17
  3. Luke Greenbank (GBR); 1:56.42
  4. Mewen Tomac (FRA); 1:56.52
  5. Adam Telegdy (HUN); 1:56.80
  6. Shaine Casas (USA); 1:56.90
  7. Roman Mityukov (SUI); 1:57.08
  8. Benedek Kovacs (HUN); 1:57.12

 

 

 

 

 

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