Xu Jiayu Holds off Americans Grevers and Murphy For 100 Back Gold

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It was expected that a world record would win the gold for the men’s 100 back at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest. China’s Xu Jiayu was expected to give Ryan Murphy’s 51.85 a run but ultimately Xu fell short in the final with a 52.44 for the gold.

Xu got some serious pressure from Americans Murphy and Matt Grevers but the Chinese man held them off barely. Grevers won the silver medal with a 52.48 ahead of Murphy’s 52.59. Xu wins his first World Championship gold while Grevers wins his third straight medal in the 100 back at the World Championships. This is also Murphy’s first World Championship individual medal.

Japan’s Ryosuke Irie (53.03), Russia’s Grigory Tarasevich (53.12), Australia’s Mitch Larkin (53.24), Brazil’s Guilherme Guido (53.66) and New Zealand’s Corey Main (53.87) also swam in the championship final.

This is China’s first medal in the World Championships for the men’s 100 backstroke.

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3 comments

  1. avatar
    Elizabeth

    Congratulations to Xu Jiayu!

  2. avatar

    First is First..Second is LAST….old Chinese saying….