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100 metres Backstroke, Men

Date25 – 27 July 2021
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympic Aquatics Centre, 2-1, 2chome, Tatsumi, Koto-ku, Tatsumi-no-Mori Seaside Park, Tokyo, Japan
Participants41 from 30 countries

The 2016 gold medalist Ryan Murphy (USA) was back and his world record from Rio still held. He was the 2015 and 2017 World Champion but, in 2019, China’s Xu Jiayu had won gold at Worlds, while Yevgeny Rylov (ROC) took silver and Australia’s Mitch Larkin won bronze. All four made the final in Tokyo along with Rylov’s teammate Kliment Kolesnikov, who had led the preliminary round in 52.15. Murphy was fastest in the semi-finals, swimming 52.24 in the first heat as Kolesnikov was second on 52.29.

Murphy was in lane four in the final, with Kolesnikov, next to him in lane five, taking the lead and reaching the turn in 24.90, narrowly leading over Rylov, with Murphy in third. Murphy had the fastest second half but it was not enough to get gold, which went to Rylov, who narrowly defeated Kolesnikov – 51.98 to 52.00. Three days later, Rylov would double up by winning the 200 backstroke, with Murphy taking silver in that event.

PosSwimmerNOCTime
1Yevgeny RylovROCGold
2Kliment KolesnikovROCSilver
3Ryan MurphyUSABronze
4Thomas CecconITA
5Xu JiayuCHN
6Hugo GonzálezESP
7Mitch LarkinAUS
8Robert GlințăROU
=9Hunter ArmstrongUSA
=9Ryosuke IrieJPN
11Apostolos KhristouGRE
12Isaac CooperAUS
13Marek UlrichGER
14Mewen TomacFRA
15Guilherme GuidoBRA
16Yohann N'Doye BrouardFRA
=17Luke GreenbankGBR
=17Simone SabbioniITA
19Markus ThormeyerCAN
20Guilherme BassetoBRA
21Lee Ju-HoKOR
22Quah Zheng WenSGP
23Kacper StokowskiPOL
24Pieter CoetzeRSA
25Ole BraunschweigGER
26Cole PrattCAN
27Srihari NatarajIND
28Francisco SantosPOR
29Ádám TelegdyHUN
30Jan ČejkaCZE
31Yakov ToumarkinISR
32Dylan CarterTTO
33Mikita TsmyhBLR
34Merdan AtaýewTKM
35Bernhard ReitshammerAUT
36Michael LaitarovskyISR
37Kaloyan LevterovBUL
38Daniel MartinROU
39Gabriel CastilloBOL
40Heriniavo RasolonjatovoMAD
ACRichárd BohusHUNDQ