Evgeny Rylov Takes Out European Record in 200 Back


After pounding some huge early turns, Russian backstroker Evgeny Rylov dominated the final of the men’s 200 backstroke, winning in 1:53.36. The runner-up, Radoslaw Kawecki, was 2nd in 1:56.07 – more than two-and-a-half seconds slower.

In the process, Rylov broke his own Russian and European Records, set in 1:53.61 at last year’s World Championships, as well as Kawecki’s Championship Record in the event.

The split comparison shows just how big Rylov’s 1st turn was; after taking out the first 50 about half-a-second slower than his own European Record pace, but clawed that record line right back before one more huge final 50 blew by it.

Swimmer Record 1st 50 2nd 50 3rd 50 4th 50 Final Time
Rylov – 2018 Euros New ER/CR/RR 26.89 27.89 29.34 29.24 1:53.36
Rylov – 2017 Worlds Old ER/RR 26.37 28.13 29.28 29.83 1:53.61
Kawecki – 2012 Euros Old CR 27.48 28.79 29.78 29.23 1:55.28
Peirsol – 2009 Worlds Current WR 26.52 28.38 28.4 28.62 1:51.92

Rylov is now the 5th-fastest performer in history, jumping 2012 Olympic champion Tyler Clary.

Rylov missed a significant portion of the 2017-2018 season while rehabbing a shoulder injury.

All-Time Top 5 Performers, Men’s 200 LCM Backstroke:

  1. Aaron Peirsol, USA – 1:51.92, 2009 World Championships
  2. Ryosuke Irie, Japan – 1:52.51, 2009 World Championships
  3. Ryan  Lochte, USA – 1:52.96, 2011 World Championships
  4. Mitch Larkin, Australia – 1:53.17, 2015 World Championships
  5. Evgeny Rylov, Russia – 1:53.36, 2018 European Championships

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2 years ago

I wish kolesnikov had race the final

2 years ago

We’ll see if Murphy has an answer to that swim or not. 1:53.3 is a great swim.

2 years ago

Only my thoughts, but it’s crazy how both Milak and Rylov are about equidistant from their respective 200 world records, and yet I think Milak has a much better shot at the 200 fly world record than Rylov does for the 200 back. Something about Piersol’s swim (not including the supersuit) that makes the record seem just out of reach; he was so fast and so consistent and looked so easy. While I would love to see an American finally hit that mark, the backstrokes have never been deeper!

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