2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES
- When: Pool swimming: Saturday, July 24 – Sunday, August 1, 2021
- Open Water swimming: Wednesday, August 4 – Thursday, August 5, 2021
- Where: Olympic Aquatics Centre / Tokyo, Japan
- Heats: 7 PM / Semifinals & Finals: 10:30 AM (Local time)
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Not counting the American-boycotted 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, Russia, the men’s 100m backstroke here in Tokyo saw a non-American male win the event at an Olympics for the first time since 1996.
Topping the fast and furious final was Russian Evgeny Rylov, representing the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) due to the nation’s doing violations.
Rylov registered a mark of 51.98, the only sub-52 second time of the field. The Russian posted an opening split of 24.96 and closed in 27.02 to grab the gold and put an end to the United States’ illustrious run.
In addition to taking gold, Rylov snagged a new Russian national and European Continental Record in this men’s 100m back. His 51.98 mark here overtook the previous longstanding standard of 52.11 Frenchman Camille Lacourt produced way back in 2010 as the ER. The previous Russian standard stood at the 52.12 Rylov logged at the Russian Championships earlier this year.
Those records came in spite of the fact that technically, the swim was not his best time. He was 51.97 in 2019, but that was on the leadoff leg of a mixed medley relay. Most organizations do not recognize leadoff legs of mixed-gender relays as records, including LEN, which keeps the official European Records.
As such, Rylov is the first Russian to dip under the 52-second threshold in the event. He checks in now as the world’s 4th-fastest performer of all time.
All-Time Men’s LCM 100 Backstroke Performers