Blueseventy Swim of the Week: Hungry Pebley Rockets To World Lead


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American Olympian Jacob Pebley says he’s still hungry.

Just a few months after competing for Team USA in Rio, Pebley won the Austin Pro Swim Series 200 backstroke in 1:55.95, becoming the first man this season under both 1:56 and 1:57 worldwide. After his race, Pebley joked that he felt “bitter” after missing out on a medal in Rio and has remained highly motivated to earn his own Olympic medal down the road.

He’s off on the right foot with his Austin win. Pebley said he didn’t expect to be faster than 1:56.9, but blew away that benchmark by a full second. He now leads the world ranks – the fastest time on FINA’s records for the season (beginning in September of 2016) is Li Guangyuan of China, who went 1:57.47 at the Asian Championships back in November.

Pebley was just 1.2 seconds off his lifetime-best, a 1:54.77 from U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha last June that qualified him for the Olympic team. Pebley will have to qualify for the U.S. World Championships team this summer. The selection meet is U.S. Nationals in June, with the World Championships taking place in Budapest, Hungary.


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4 years ago

Although 1:55.9 is a great time, I feel that the 53.3 Grevers went in the 100 BK is an even better swim. Congrats to both!

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4 years ago

I would say this is more impressive in terms of how far ahead of the rest of the world he is. If I recall correctly, Grevers is currently ranked 3rd for the 2016-2017 season.

bobo gigi
4 years ago

Pebley is a very serious medal contender in the 200 back at next world championships.

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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