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MEN’S 200 BACKSTROKE – FINALS
2012 World Champ: 1:48.48 – Radoslaw Kawecki – Poland
2010 World Champ: 1:46.68 – Ryan Lochte – United States
Meet Record: 1:46.68 – Ryan Lochte – United States – 2012
World Record: 1:46.11 – Arkady Vyatchanin – Russia – 2009
Radoslaw Kawecki of Poland defended his 200 backstroke world championship crown winning the event by almost a second posting a time of 1:47.38, which is the top time recorded this year.
Australian Mitch Larkin, who came into the event with the world’s top time, turned with the lead at the 100 meter mark, but fell off the pace in the third 50 meters being passed by both Kawecki and Ryan Lochte. Larkin did make up some ground on Lochte in the final 50 meters but did not have enough to catch the American.
Ryan Lochte took the silver in a time of 1:48.20 followed by Larkin who collected the bronze in a time of 1:48.35.
Irie Ryosuke of Japan finished fourth in a time of 1:48.77 followed by American Tyler Clary who posted a 1:49.87.
Omar Andres Pinzon Garcia of Columbia finished sixth in a time of 1:50.88 breaking his own national record of 1:52.27 which he set in 2011.
Yuki Shirai of Japan finished seventh in a time of 1:51.67 followed by David Gamburg of Israel who touched in a time of 1:52.24.