2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Swimming: August 6-13
- Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro
- Prelims – 9:00 a.m/12:00 p.m PST/EST (1:00 p.m local), Finals – 6:00 p.m/9:00 p.m PST/EST (10:00 p.m local)
- SwimSwam previews
- Day 2 Schedule & Results
- Live Stream (NBC)
On day 3 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Team USA newcomer Ryan Murphy won his first ever Olympic gold medal in Olympic Record fashion. The highly anticipated men’s 100 back showdown didn’t disappoint, with 4 swimmers in the 52-low range. Murphy’s winning time was a 51.97, getting him to the wall ahead of China’s Xu Jiayu (52.31) and his USA teammate David Plummer (52.40).
This was the first ever sub-52 swim since the rubber suit ban, as no one has broken the barrier since Team USA backstroke legend Aaron Peirsol set the World Record at 51.94 seconds in 2009. It also made Murphy the 2nd fastest performer in history, and the fastest in textile.
The former Olympic Record belonged to Matt Grevers, who won gold for Team USA and set the record at 52.16 at the 2012 London Olympics.
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Team USA has now won the men’s 100 back at the last 6 Olympics, with the streak starting in 1996 at the Atlanta Games.