Mitch Larkin Talks 200 IM/200 Back Double For Commonwealth Trials


While competing on night 2 of the 2018 Victorian Open Championships, former world champion Mitch Larkin performed an impressive double, taking titles in both the 200m IM and 200m backstroke. The 24-year-old St. Peters Western swimmer accomplished the same feat last month at the Queensland Championships, establishing a new personal best of 1:58.89 in the 200m IM to set-up a possible double header come the Commonwealth Games this summer.

In the video below, courtesy of Hanson Media, Larkin talks through his thoughts on tackling the 200m IM and 200m backstroke on the same night, as well as how his new training environment is supporting his renewed outlook. After trying out several different coaches post-Rio, Larkin settled back at St. Peters Western, albeit under a new coach Den Boxall after longtime head Michael Bohl moved on to take the helm of Griffith University.


Winner of the 200IM and 200 backstroke double @Mitch ell.larkin talks about his great start to 2018, his change to coach Dean Boxall and the Commonwealth Games Trials @swim_vic #VicStateChamps

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Meet recap originally reported by Retta Race:

It was deja vu for Mitch Larkin, as the 24-year-old double gold medalist from the 2015 World Championships took on the same double tonight as he did at last month’s Queensland Championships. At that meet, Larkin scored wins across the 200m IM and 200m backstroke, notching a new personal best in the former event in an impressive 1:58.89.

Larkin wasn’t too far off that mark tonight, clocking 1:59.95 to win the men’s 200m IM race by over 3 solid seconds. With little rest between events, Larkin then registered a winning time of 1:57.70 to take the men’s 200m backstroke for the same double he clinched last month.

“I did the double in Queensland States last month and to do it  again is very satisfying; training is going really well and I’m looking forward to a good year,” said Larkin, who returned to St. Peters under new Head Coach Dean Boxall after trying out a stint under Simon Cusack at Commercial.

“It’s been a real confidence booster; I’m practicing the double because I’ll probably do it at Trials again.

“They are two of my most favourable events and it’s just unfortunate they fall on the same night but this has been good practice and good racing.

“It‘s been a positive move to Dean and also being back at St Peters Western; Dean’s a great coach; very intelligent, very full on but I’m really enjoying the swimming and the training, it really suits me well and I’m loving it,” Larkin said after the race.

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Interested to see if he attempts the 200IM at commonwealths. Litchfield is a bit of an unknown right now, having not raced since Worlds, and there is a gold medal very much up for grabs if he is off his best in April.

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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