If World Record holder Ryan Murphy (above) wins gold in the 100 backstroke in Tokyo, this will be America’s 7th consecutive gold medal in this event.
The United States owns nine of the 10 longest Olympic winning streaks in individual events.
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Nearly everything has changed in the sport since 1989, other than the fact that Eddie Reese was winning team titles at Texas.
On April 11, 1980, Rowdy Gaines and Mary T. Meagher each set world records, the bright spot in an otherwise disappointing year with an Olympic boycott.
“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.