How Olympic Swimmer Ryan Murphy Trains: GMM presented by

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Three-time Olympic Champion Ryan Murphy was on track for a great summer before the coronavirusCOVID-19 – postponed the Olympics. See 2021 Olympic Games official dates here.   At the Des Moines Pro Swim Murphy  threw down the top time in the world for the 200 backstroke, posting a 1:55.2 to dominate the field.  In this interview Murphy breakdowns his training, race strategy, and considers his options for an odd event at U.S. Olympic Trials.


Murphy benefits from an extra year of training heading into the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials and the Olympic Games. He dips his toe into the 100 free, making the semi-finals, putting up a fast time for a potential Olympic relay slot.

100-200 back? Based on his most recent Pro Swim appearance, Murphy has returned to form. By the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials he drops a 51.8 100 back, 1:53.6 200 backstroke. At the 2021 Olympic Games he carves off more time, dropping a 51.71 100 back, 1:53.49 200 back.   But who care what I think…what do you think?

Ryan 2016-2019 Performances

Ryan – 2016 Olympics:

  • 100m back – 51.85 (PB)
  • 200m back – 1:53.62

Ryan – 2017 World Champs:

  • 100m back – 52.59
  • 200m back -1:54.21

Ryan – 2018 Pan Pacs:

  • 100m back – 51.94
  • 200m back – 1:53.57 (PB)

Ryan – 2019 World Championships 

  • 100m back – 52.78
  • 200m back – 1:54.12

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This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of, a Swimming News website.

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Wanna Sprite?
9 months ago

I’m thinking more around a 1:52.8 or 1:53.0 for 200 back

9 months ago

I say he breaks the world record in both 100 and 200 back

Reply to  Swimmer
9 months ago

Toughie on the 200.

Only Lochte has been 1:52 in textile (a 1:52.96 at that). Only other people EVER under 1:53 are Piersol and Irie (both in legskins, for what it’s worth)

Would be a monumental swim if Murphy (or anyone else) dips under Piersol’s mark.

Reply to  Joe
9 months ago

He’s definitely due for a big time drop in the 200 though. I could definitely see him go 1:51

9 months ago

Concerned – he seems to do well in even years and be off in odd years. The corona delay might be his undoing

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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