“Larkin is slated to swim at the two remaining World Cup stops in Dubai and Doha, therefore, we very well may yet see his times continue to drop before the year runs out.” – Such were the final words of my previous post on October 29th, Day 2 of the Tokyo stop of the World Cup and Australian Mitch Larkin indeed fulfilled this potential.
Tonight on Day 2 of the World Cup Dubai, Larkin blasted another set of Australian and Commonwealth 200m backstroke Records, lowering his Tokyo mark of 1:53.34 even further. 1:53.17 was the historic mark Larkin clocked tonight, knocking on the door of the elusive 1:51.92 world record held by American Aaron Peirsol from 2009. Larkin’s time tonight ranks as the 6th-fastest performance of all time and 3rd-fastest textile performance. As with his 1:53.34 outing, Larkin’s 1:53.17 would have beaten Tyler Clary’s 1:53.41 in London for gold.
- Aaron Peirsol 1:51.92, 2009
- Ryosuke Irie 1:52.51, 2009
- Ryosuke Irie, 1:52.86, 2008
- Ryan Lochte, 1:52.96, 2011
- Aaron Peirsol 1:53.08, 2009
- Mitch Larkin 1:53.17, 2015
- Ryosuke Irie, 1:53.26, 2014
- Mitch Larkin, 1:53.34, 2015
Here is the split comparison between Larkin’s Tokyo and Dubai performances, as well as the World Record thrown in for good measure. Larkin took Dubai’s race out a solid 2 tenths quicker tonight than in Tokyo, eased up in the 3rd 50 a tad, but was able to charge home in a low enough split to keep his total time under the Tokyo mark. Compared to Peirsol, however, Larkin needs to keep his mid-swim speed in check, as Peirsol has about a full second lead on the 3rd 50, just comparing the numbers on paper.
Larkin Tokyo 26.59/28.95/29.11/28.69 = 1:53.34
Larkin Dubai 26.39/28.77/29.50/28.51 = 1:53.17
Peirsol WR 26.52/28.38/28.40/28.62 = 1:51.92
Larkin will be most likely be getting some short course meters work in before the year is out, as the Australian Short Course Championships are scheduled for November 26th-28th.