Ryan Murphy Sets New Olympic Record with 51.97 100 Back

2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES

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.

Split Comparison:

Swimmer 1st 50 2nd 50 Final Time
Ryan Murphy  25.39  26.58 51.97
Matt Grevers  25.36  26.80 52.16

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.

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SZ2016

I believe Grevers went a 25.36 first 50

StopFINA

26.36 for grevers first 50?

StopFINA

Nvm

Uberfan

And Larkin way out of the picture. Other than the sisters Australia has been underwhelming

Uberfan

Mark my words Adrian will get 100 free gold

PVSFree

We were thinking that in 2012 too… McEvoy didn’t look as good as we were expecting in the relay, and I don’t think Adrian is gonna let Cam get out to open water where he’ll do best. If Adrian can stay right next to Cam, he’ll win just because he’s bigger and the waves won’t affect him

Uberfan

I expect a new best from Adrian maybe really ambitious but I think a 47.40 or lower could be possible

attilly the silly

Why even say 47.40 if you’re going to include “or lower”? I personally think a 59.90 or lower could be possible. Also a 1:12.57 or lower. Not that anyone asked me, but if you’re interested I don’t think Adrian will go faster than 47.50, and I think McEvoy will go faster than 47.50.

leogeo

Horton did good. Gotta give him props to out touching the doper

Uberfan

You’re right I almost forgot about Horton he has a good shot in the mile too but I think that’s going to Gregorio. i had the U.S. Men winning every event barring distance and the 100 breast

Robbos

You deserve to brag, amazing so far for the US. however, you didn’t win the 200 free either & Adrian has the double Aussie whammy in McEvoy & Chalmers in the 100, a certain Manadou in the 50.

Billabong

King Chad is going to give the old Goat a good whipping in both fly events. You forgot that one as well!

dmswim

Horton had a pretty good 400.

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