Three-time 2016 Olympic Champion, Ryan Murphy, has been going through an adjustment period. His follow up at the 2017 World Championships was not where he wanted to be. Early in the 2018 Pro Series season, at Atlanta, Murphy showed signs he’s back on-track – 53.2 100 back win over Japan Roysuke Irie and 1:55.4 200 back topping Cal teammate Jacob Pebley.
Murphy was not rested in Atlanta and attributes the success to his focus in practice. “It took some time to get my focus back,” he said, after his stunning performance in Rio.
Murphy was open about his disappointment in the wake of 2017 World Championships. What will it take for Murphy to regain the title Greatest Backstroker on Earth this summer? I’m thinking, 51.79 100m back and 1:53.57 200m back. What do you think?
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