“I like to think Jeff helped make me the coach that I am versus me being the coach that helped make Jeff.” – Coach Don Regenbogen on Jeff Rouse
Heading into Rio, the USA streak was under fire, and it looked like the tradition of USA gold in the men’s Olympic backstroke races could have been coming to an end. That was until tonight, When Team USA’s up and comer Ryan Murphy completed his sweep of the backstroke races, winning the race in 1:53.62.
Ryan Murphy extended the Americans streak to six consecutive gold medals in the men’s 100 backstroke.
Xu Jiayu’s world-leading 100 backstroke appears to have some big international implications.