Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 10, 2016
Date Finished: August 11, 2016
The favorite was Australian [Mitch Larkin], who had won the 2015 World Championships and led the 2016 world list with 1:53.90. American [Ryan Murphy] had signaled his strength at the US Olympic Trials when he became the sixth swimmer ever under 1:54 by winning in 1:53.95, and he had already won the 100 back in Rio.
In the final Larkin led at 50 metres, but Murphy caught him on the second lap, and then pulled ahead to win gold by 0.34 seconds. Larkin took silver, outtouching Russian youngster [Yevgeny Rylov] by only 1/100th of a second. Murphyâs win gave him the 100-200 backstroke double, and was the sixth consecutive victory in the event for the United States. For Larkin, the silver medal was some redemption for missing the podium in the 100 back, where he finished fourth.
|1||Ryan Murphy||21||United States||USA||Gold|
|5||Jacob Pebley||22||United States||USA|
|13||Leonardo de Deus||25||Brazil||BRA|
|14||Corey Main||21||New Zealand||NZL|
|20||Rexford Tullius||29||United States Virgin Islands||ISV|