Ryan Murphy Obliterates Pan Pacs 100 Back Meet Record in 52.19

2018 PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS

Consider the men’s 100 back world record to be very much in sight Friday night for Ryan Murphy, who broke the Pan Pacs meet record in impressive fashion in  prelims Friday morning.

Murphy split 25.34/26.85 for his final time of 52.19, well under Matt Grevers‘ previous meet record of 52.91, set in 2014. Grevers, the No. 2 qualifier out of prelims Friday, was over a full second behind Murphy in 53.27. Ryosuke Irie was third in 53.68, and Michael Andrew and Justin Ress were next in a tie at 53.69, and will both swim in the B-final.

Murphy is the current world record holder in 51.85, and was 52.51 at the 2018 Phillips 66 National Championships two weeks ago when he swept all three backstroke races. His 52.19 is the 11th-fastest performance off all-time, just behind his own No. 10 all-time performance of 52.18.

Top 10 all-time performances, if you’re curious:

Fastest Performances Ever: Men’s 100 back
1 Ryan Murphy 51.85
2 Xu Jiayu 51.86
3 Aaron Peirsol 51.94
4 Ryan Murphy 51.97
5 Matt Grevers 52.08
6 Camille Lacourt 52.11
7 Mitch Larkin 52.11
8 David Plummer 52.12
9 Matt Grevers 52.16
10 Ryan Murphy 52.18

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Emanuele
4 years ago

Brace yourself KK is coming

ERVINFORTHEWIN
4 years ago

i did not remember than Murphy went 51.97 !!! he has got 4 of the top times ever !! Impressive

DRESSEL IS GOD
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
4 years ago

that was the olympic final!

Thatguy
4 years ago

Murphy’s legs look so little in the picture 😂

Kelsey
4 years ago

Here’s hoping Mitch Larkin gets roasted by Murphy, Irie and Grevers tonight

Verram
Reply to  Kelsey
4 years ago

Whys that?

Tammy Touchpad Error
Reply to  Verram
4 years ago

Sometimes it’s fun to watch people fail epically, especially when they one had it. It makes us feel better about our insecurities for a moment.

CHDH
Reply to  Tammy Touchpad Error
4 years ago

That’s pretty messed up that you’re out to see someone whose never done anything to you fail just to make you feel better about your own life

Togger
Reply to  Tammy Touchpad Error
4 years ago

Dude with 2 World Champs individual golds swims a time most of us could only dream of, but which is 1 or 2 seconds slower than the guys he’s racing, and you’re happy about it?

Focus on reaching in your own career half the level Larkin has in his and you might feel better about other people’s successes.

bear drinks beer
Reply to  Kelsey
4 years ago

I’m hoping that too. No respect for the man who cheated on his partner multiple times.

Kelsey
Reply to  bear drinks beer
4 years ago

Exactly why I hope he gets roasted.

Verram
4 years ago

Wow that’s how the girls should split their race in the women’s 100 free if they want to win

Hswimmer
Reply to  Verram
4 years ago

Simone Manuel’s aren’t too far off of that

DRESSEL IS GOD
Reply to  Hswimmer
4 years ago

and that’s why she’s the double champ…. Streak in danger though

running start to touch backstroke flags
4 years ago

Anyone have a list of top ten times?

Swamfan
4 years ago

Decision to put Baker instead of Murphy in backstroke and Michael Andrew instead of King is looking even more suspect now! You win some you lose some

Bigly
Reply to  Swamfan
4 years ago

Who had the hottest hands coming out of Nationals? Baker and MA. Baker and Dressel laid eggs on that relay The only one who delivered was MA. King has not been a great relay swimmer, typically never splitting better than her individual swim. She was a second off her best in her individual swim, so who knows what she would’ve been. Who’s to say Murphy would’ve been red-hot yesterday, when none of the top two Americans swam a best time (Seliskar maybe by a tenth or two)? Baker was almost a second faster today in the prelims.

Pvdh
Reply to  Bigly
4 years ago

50.5 is a far better split than 59.2

Penguin
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

Thank you.

Tate4
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

MA just swam a 1:00 final, and his PB is only 59.1. Dressel’s is 49.8. So 59.2 is better.

Tate4
Reply to  Tate4
4 years ago

Correct MA’s PB is 59.38, he was faster in the relay.

Pvdh
Reply to  Tate4
4 years ago

That’s not how any of this works lol. So I i dove in and swam a 2 minutes breaststroke split because my PB was 2:01, it’s better than 50.5.

Go find my how many people have split better than 59.2 and how many have split better than 50.5

Greg
Reply to  Tate4
4 years ago

I assume they’re talking about being better for team USA, either relative to other combinations for the relay, or relative to relay splits from other countries. They’re not talking about being better for any specific swimmer.

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