Ryan Murphy Hits 51.9, Breaks Pan Pac Meet Record In 100 Back


American Ryan Murphy broke his own Pan Pacific Championship Record and tied the 3rd fastest swim of all-time as he won gold in the men’s 100 back in Tokyo.

The world record holder with his 51.85 from the 2016 Olympic Games, Murphy had clocked a 52.19 in the morning prelims to lower the meet record by over seven-tenths and had his sights set on a possible WR tonight.

He was out .02 under record pace at the 50, flipping in 25.11, and just fell off it coming home to touch in that 51.94, just .09 outside of his record. The 51.94 ties with American legend Aaron Peirsol for the 3rd fastest performance in history, as Peirsol set the world record back in 2009 in that time. Only Murphy and Xu Jiayu of China (51.86) have ever been faster.

Fastest Performances Ever
1 Ryan Murphy 51.85
2 Xu Jiayu 51.86
3 Aaron Peirsol 51.94
3 Ryan Murphy 51.94
5 Ryan Murphy 51.97
6 Matt Grevers 52.08
7 Camille Lacourt 52.11
7 Mitch Larkin 52.11
9 David Plummer 52.12
10 Matt Grevers 52.16

Murphy now owns three of the five fastest performances in history, and three of the five swims ever sub-52. In addition to his world record leading off the medley relay in Rio, he won the gold medal individually in a time of 51.97 there as well.

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2 years ago

Watch his fantastic race here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6X5rNft3wzg, the commentator is English

Brian berrey
2 years ago

Awesome thanks for the update

2 years ago

OMG this commentator. Just watched the english video “Matt Grevers will Certainly be the favorite”

Lol what???? I love Grevers but this isn’t 2012…

Reply to  IM FAN
2 years ago

Ryan Murphy is the new kid on the block…

Reply to  Swimming4silver
2 years ago

Hardly new

Reply to  Swimming4silver
2 years ago

Well in his defense, the New Kids on the Block had a bunch of hits, not just the first one.


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2 years ago


Reply to  Swimming4silver
2 years ago

I came here to make the same comment but you beat me to it. The TV commentary is hilariously bad.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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