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Swimming at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Backstroke

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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

Gold: USA Ryan Murphy
Silver: AUS Mitch Larkin
Bronze: RUS Yevgeny Rylov


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. Murphy’s 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.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ryan Murphy 21 United States USA Gold
2 Mitch Larkin 23 Australia AUS Silver
3 Yevgeny Rylov 19 Russia RUS Bronze
4 Xu Jiayu 20 China CHN
5 Jacob Pebley 22 United States USA
6 Li Guangyuan 19 China CHN
7 Christian Diener 23 Germany GER
8 Ryosuke Irie 26 Japan JPN
9 Jan-Philip Glania 27 Germany GER
10 Josh Beaver 23 Australia AUS
11 Masaki Kaneko 24 Japan JPN
12 Andrey Shabasov 22 Russia RUS
13 Leonardo de Deus 25 Brazil BRA
14 Corey Main 21 New Zealand NZL
15 Yakov Toumarkin 24 Israel ISR
16 Hugo González 17 Spain ESP
17 Radosław Kawęcki 24 Poland POL
18 Robert Glință 19 Romania ROU
19 Ádám Telegdy 20 Hungary HUN
20 Rexford Tullius 29 United States Virgin Islands ISV
21 Danas Rapšys 21 Lithuania LTU
22T Dávid Földházi 21 Hungary HUN
22T Omar Pinzón 27 Colombia COL
24 Apostolos Khristou 19 Greece GRE
25 Nikita Tsmyg 19 Belarus BLR
26 Boris Kirillov 23 Azerbaijan AZE