Rylov Takes Down 100 Back European Record En Route To Gold

2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES

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 Rylovrepresenting 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.

Behind him was compatriot Kliment Kolesnikov, while American and defending gold medalist from Rio Ryan Murphy rounded out the top 3.

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

  1. Ryan Murphy (USA), 51.85 – 2016
  2. Xu Jiayu (CHN), 51.86 – 2017
  3. Aaron Perisol (USA), 51.94, 2009
  4. Evgeny Rylov (RUS), 51.98, 2021
  5. Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS), 52.00, 2021
  6. Matt Grevers (USA), 52.08, 2012

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Richard
1 year ago

Wow!!

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
1 year ago

Kolesnikov missing out on gold due to his reaction time, Rowdy is vindicated

Texas Tap Water
1 year ago

Yes.

LBSWIM
1 year ago

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 1956.

Am I reading this wrong or is this just an incorrect statement, since a Canadian won in 92, Japanese in 88, German in 72 and I think 68 as well??

Last edited 1 year ago by LBSWIM
Bud
Reply to  LBSWIM
1 year ago

They probably meant 96

Bud
Reply to  LBSWIM
1 year ago

They probably meant 96 and it’s a typo

Lex Soft
Reply to  LBSWIM
1 year ago

I was looking for a video of this final, but didn’t find any but one which was not a complete video. Then I saw a video of 1992, I clicked, because I wanted to know the process how Mark Tekwsbury of Canada beat the USA favorite Jeff Rouse (world champion at Perth 1991). Uh… what an upset, in similar process like 4 years before when Daichi Suzuki of Japan upset David Berkoff in the last stroke.

Lex Soft
Reply to  LBSWIM
1 year ago

In 1988 and 1992, we also saw two non-American won 200m backstroke : Igor Polianksy of USSR and Martin Lopez Subero of SPAIN.
I have been waiting for another elite male swimmer from Spain since then. Rafael Munoz gave hope around 2009 in butterfly, but then disappeared after WC 2009.

Last edited 1 year ago by Lex Soft
You Don’t Say
1 year ago

And how does allowing Russian swimmers a side-door into the Olympics help the movement or the sport in general?

Philip Johnson
Reply to  You Don’t Say
1 year ago

Looks like people really don’t care about that stuff anymore.

You Don’t Say
Reply to  Philip Johnson
1 year ago

Yep, it’s a race to the ethical bottom and there are very few spectators and shouts from the stands are not allowed or ignored.

iLikePsych
1 year ago

Mentioning for the correction: it says Rylov is the 5th fastest performer of all time even though the list correctly has him as 4th. And then in the list, it says Xu’s time is from 2009 when it’s from 2017. I appreciate the hard work and speed with which all these articles are being put out!

HJones
1 year ago

Still technically “only” his 2nd fastest 100 BK ever, as he led the 2019 mixed medley relay off in a 51.97.

Reply to  HJones
1 year ago

Seriously, just count them already. makes things so confusing.

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