Xu Jiayu Wins Stacked Men’s 100 Back Final Over Rylov, Larkin
23 July 2019, 05:19am
Gwangju, Day 3 finals
|Xu Jiayu successfully defended his 100 Back Title.
Photo Courtesy: SIPA USA
It was a race that featured the last three World Champions as well as the reigning Olympic Champion and world record holder. But at the end of the day, China’ssuccessfully defended his 100 back world title with a 52.43. It wasn’t a particularly fast time as Xu has been under 52 seconds in the past, but the gold medal will last forever as he now joins as the only swimmers to successfully defend the 100 back at World Championships. Peirsol won three titles from 2003-2007 in this event.
2013 World Champion, 2015 World Champion and 2016 Olympic Champion and world record holder were a part of the stacked race, but could not dethrone the Chinese champion. In fact, it was Russia’s with the silver medal at 52.67 while Australia’s won the bronze medal at 52.77. Larkin returns to the podium for the first time since winning gold in 2015.
USA’s Murphy went out fastest at 25.05 and was under his world record pace. He was leading for about 75 meters before he tightened up the final 25 and finished in fourth, 0.01 off the podium at 52.78. Grevers finished in fifth at 52.82. Grevers (silver) and Murphy (bronze) will not return to the podium in 2019 for this event. This is the first time the men’s 100 back podium won’t feature an American since 2011.
Japan’s, competing in his sixth straight World Championships final in the 100 back, placed sixth at 53.22. Irie only has one medal in this event as he won bronze in 2011.
Brazil’s(53.26) and Romania’s (54.22) placed seventh and eighth in the final.