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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.

PosSwimmerNOCR1SFFinal
1Yevgeny RylovROC53.22 (=2 h6)52.91 (2 h2)51.98 (1)Gold
2Kliment KolesnikovROC52.15 (1 h5)52.29 (1 h2)52.00 (2)Silver
3Ryan MurphyUSA53.22 (=2 h6)52.24 (1 h1)52.19 (3)Bronze
4Thomas CecconITA52.49 (2 h5)52.78 (3 h1)52.30 (4)
5Xu JiayuCHN52.70 (1 h4)52.94 (3 h2)52.51 (5)
6Hugo GonzálezESP53.45 (5 h5)53.05 (4 h2)52.78 (6)
7Mitch LarkinAUS52.97 (3 h5)52.76 (2 h1)52.79 (7)
8Robert GlințăROU53.67 (4 h6)53.20 (4 h1)52.95 (8)
=9Hunter ArmstrongUSA53.77 (5 h4)53.21 (=5 h2)
=9Ryosuke IrieJPN52.99 (4 h5)53.21 (=5 h2)
11Apostolos KhristouGRE53.77 (5 h6)53.41 (5 h1)
12Isaac CooperAUS53.73 (4 h4)53.43 (7 h2)
13Marek UlrichGER53.74 (1 h3)53.54 (6 h1)
14Mewen TomacFRA53.49 (2 h4)53.62 (7 h1)
15Guilherme GuidoBRA53.65 (3 h4)53.80 (8 h2)
16Yohann N'Doye BrouardFRA53.13 (1 h6)– (DQ h1)
=17Luke GreenbankGBR53.79 (6 h4)
=17Simone SabbioniITA53.79 (6 h5)
19Markus ThormeyerCAN53.80 (6 h6)
20Guilherme BassetoBRA53.84 (2 h3)
21Lee Ju-HoKOR53.84 (7 h5)
22Quah Zheng WenSGP53.94 (3 h3)
23Kacper StokowskiPOL53.99 (1 h2)
24Pieter CoetzeRSA54.05 (8 h5)
25Ole BraunschweigGER54.14 (4 h3)
26Cole PrattCAN54.27 (7 h6)
27Srihari NatarajIND54.31 (5 h3)
28Francisco SantosPOR54.35 (2 h2)
29Ádám TelegdyHUN54.42 (7 h4)
30Jan ČejkaCZE54.69 (3 h2)
31Yakov ToumarkinISR54.81 (6 h3)
32Dylan CarterTTO54.82 (4 h2)
33Mikita TsmyhBLR54.88 (7 h3)
34Merdan AtaýewTKM55.24 (1 h1)
35Bernhard ReitshammerAUT55.26 (8 h3)
36Michael LaitarovskyISR55.34 (5 h2)
37Kaloyan LevterovBUL55.60 (6 h2)
38Daniel MartinROU56.91 (8 h4)
39Gabriel CastilloBOL58.24 (2 h1)
40Heriniavo RasolonjatovoMAD59.81 (3 h1)
DQRichárd BohusHUN– (DQ h6)

Round One (25 July 2021 — 19:51)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
14Kliment KolesnikovROC52.15Q
23Thomas CecconITA52.49Q
34Xu JiayuCHN52.70Q
45Mitch LarkinAUS52.97Q
52Ryosuke IrieJPN52.99Q
62Yohann N'Doye BrouardFRA53.13Q
=75Ryan MurphyUSA53.22Q
=74Yevgeny RylovROC53.22Q
96Hugo GonzálezESP53.45Q
103Mewen TomacFRA53.49Q
116Guilherme GuidoBRA53.65Q
126Robert GlințăROU53.67Q
137Isaac CooperAUS53.73Q
145Marek UlrichGER53.74Q
=155Hunter ArmstrongUSA53.77Q
=153Apostolos KhristouGRE53.77Q
=172Luke GreenbankGBR53.79
=177Simone SabbioniITA53.79
197Markus ThormeyerCAN53.80
=208Guilherme BassetoBRA53.84
=208Lee Ju-HoKOR53.84
222Quah Zheng WenSGP53.94
236Kacper StokowskiPOL53.99
241Pieter CoetzeRSA54.05
254Ole BraunschweigGER54.14
261Cole PrattCAN54.27
276Srihari NatarajIND54.31
282Francisco SantosPOR54.35
298Ádám TelegdyHUN54.42
305Jan ČejkaCZE54.69
317Yakov ToumarkinISR54.81
323Dylan CarterTTO54.82
331Mikita TsmyhBLR54.88
344Merdan AtaýewTKM55.24
353Bernhard ReitshammerAUT55.26
364Michael LaitarovskyISR55.34
377Kaloyan LevterovBUL55.60
381Daniel MartinROU56.91
395Gabriel CastilloBOL58.24
403Heriniavo RasolonjatovoMAD59.81
DQ8Richárd BohusHUN

Heat One (19:51)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Merdan AtaýewTKM55.240.64
25Gabriel CastilloBOL58.240.56
33Heriniavo RasolonjatovoMAD59.810.59

Heat Two (19:54)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
16Kacper StokowskiPOL53.990.57
22Francisco SantosPOR54.350.60
35Jan ČejkaCZE54.690.55
43Dylan CarterTTO54.820.65
54Michael LaitarovskyISR55.340.51
67Kaloyan LevterovBUL55.600.52

Heat Three (19:57)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
15Marek UlrichGER53.740.63Q
28Guilherme BassetoBRA53.840.54
32Quah Zheng WenSGP53.940.49
44Ole BraunschweigGER54.140.60
56Srihari NatarajIND54.310.57
67Yakov ToumarkinISR54.810.62
71Mikita TsmyhBLR54.880.59
83Bernhard ReitshammerAUT55.260.58

Heat Four (20:00)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Xu JiayuCHN52.700.54Q
23Mewen TomacFRA53.490.60Q
36Guilherme GuidoBRA53.650.58Q
47Isaac CooperAUS53.730.62Q
55Hunter ArmstrongUSA53.770.72Q
62Luke GreenbankGBR53.790.58
78Ádám TelegdyHUN54.420.64
81Daniel MartinROU56.910.55

Heat Five (20:03)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Kliment KolesnikovROC52.150.65Q
23Thomas CecconITA52.490.63Q
35Mitch LarkinAUS52.970.60Q
42Ryosuke IrieJPN52.990.52Q
56Hugo GonzálezESP53.450.59Q
67Simone SabbioniITA53.790.61
78Lee Ju-HoKOR53.840.53
81Pieter CoetzeRSA54.050.61

Heat Six (20:06)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
12Yohann N'Doye BrouardFRA53.130.55Q
=25Ryan MurphyUSA53.220.53Q
=24Yevgeny RylovROC53.220.54Q
46Robert GlințăROU53.670.60Q
53Apostolos KhristouGRE53.770.60Q
67Markus ThormeyerCAN53.800.65
71Cole PrattCAN54.270.61
DQ8Richárd BohusHUN

Semi-Finals (26 July 2021 — 11:31)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
16Ryan MurphyUSA52.24Q
24Kliment KolesnikovROC52.29Q
35Mitch LarkinAUS52.76Q
44Thomas CecconITA52.78Q
56Yevgeny RylovROC52.91Q
65Xu JiayuCHN52.94Q
72Hugo GonzálezESP53.05Q
87Robert GlințăROU53.20Q
=98Hunter ArmstrongUSA53.21
=93Ryosuke IrieJPN53.21
118Apostolos KhristouGRE53.41
121Isaac CooperAUS53.43
131Marek UlrichGER53.54
142Mewen TomacFRA53.62
157Guilherme GuidoBRA53.80
DQ3Yohann N'Doye BrouardFRA

Heat One (11:31)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
16Ryan MurphyUSA52.240.51Q
25Mitch LarkinAUS52.760.57Q
34Thomas CecconITA52.780.63Q
47Robert GlințăROU53.200.58Q
58Apostolos KhristouGRE53.410.61
61Marek UlrichGER53.540.59
72Mewen TomacFRA53.620.62
DQ3Yohann N'Doye BrouardFRA

Heat Two (11:37)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Kliment KolesnikovROC52.290.63Q
26Yevgeny RylovROC52.910.55Q
35Xu JiayuCHN52.940.50Q
42Hugo GonzálezESP53.050.62Q
=58Hunter ArmstrongUSA53.210.80
=53Ryosuke IrieJPN53.210.52
71Isaac CooperAUS53.430.59
87Guilherme GuidoBRA53.800.59

Final (27 July 2021 — 10:59)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
12Yevgeny RylovROC51.980.55
25Kliment KolesnikovROC52.000.62
34Ryan MurphyUSA52.190.52
46Thomas CecconITA52.300.61
57Xu JiayuCHN52.510.52
61Hugo GonzálezESP52.780.60
73Mitch LarkinAUS52.790.59
88Robert GlințăROU52.950.57