We’re going to have to start a new Twitter account with the handle “@SwimSwamLarkin” for all the records this backstroking ace has broken over this World Cup series. Larkin scored new Australian and Commonwealth Records in the 200m backstroke while competing in Tokyo and followed that up with the same honors for his 52.26 100m backtroke time in Doha.
Larkin lowers the shorter distance’s monstrous feat even further today, scoring a shiny new set of Australian and Commonwealth records by scorching a time of 52.11 to move his way ever closer to the elusive World Record mark. The as of yet untouchable WR stands at 51.94 held by USA’s Aaron Perisol from 2009.
In today’s race, Larkin was once again ahead of the WR pace into the first 50m, but dropped off just slightly as he neared the wall on the back half.
Here are the splits for the aforementioned races:
Peirsol 2009 – 25.35, 26.59 = 51.94
Larkin Doha – 25.32, 26.94 = 52.26
Larkin Dubai – 25.24, 26.87 = 52.11
Whereas Larkin’s 52.26 from Doha ranked as the 8th-fastest performance of all-time and moved Larkin to the 6th-fastest performer in the history of the event, today’s 52.11 rockets the Aussie to the 3rd-fastest performance of all-time, tied with France’s Camille Lacourt:
- Aaron Peirsol, USA – 51.94, 2009
- Matt Grevers, USA – 52.08, 2012
- Camille Lacourt, FRA – 52.11, 2010
- Matt Grevers, USA – 52.16, 2012
- Ryan Murphy, USA – 52.18, 2015 & Aaron Perisol, USA 52.18, 2009