CM – Olympia: Evgeny Rylov leads the men’s 200 back semifinals, Luke Greenbank & Ryan Murphy 2-3


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One man has swept both the 100- and 200-meter backs at three of the last five Olympics, with Lenny Krayzelburg in 2000, Aaron Peirsol in 2004, and most recently Ryan Murphy in 2016. Evgeny Rylov from the Russian Olympic Committee will apply to join them in the men’s 200 back final. Rylov will compete as the top seed and favorite after winning gold in the 100 series and taking silver on Wednesday morning as part of the ROC’s 800 free relay.

In the first semifinals, Rylov built a clear lead on the field, before turning it off in the last 50 and crashing into the wall at 1:54.45 a.m. Rylov has the fastest time in the world with 1: 53.23 and is the two-time defending champion of the event. He was the first to touch in his heat by almost two seconds.

Next to Rylov on the podium at the last World Championships were Murphy and Briton Luke Greenbank, and it makes sense that this trio would be back on the podium on Friday morning in Tokyo will stand. Greenbank, the top qualifier after the preliminary rounds, won the second semifinals in 1: 54.98, while Murphy landed just behind in 1: 55.38 and took third place. Murphy made a powerful final turn and an underwater portion of the race and accelerated quickly, but then slowed significantly as he hit the wall and did just enough to qualify for the run. Murphy is second in the world with 1: 54.20, and a performance in the 1:53 range is possible for the final.

The trio is a full eight tenths ahead of the field. Hungary’s Adam Telegdy finished second in the first semifinals and qualified fourth in 1: 56.19, while the Spaniard Nicolas Garcia Saiz (1: 56.35) and the American Bryce Mefford (1: 56.37) fifth and sixth place respectively. Mefford is the only man in the field alongside Rylov, Murphy and Greenbank to have beaten 1:54 this season, the time he placed behind his Cal Berkeley teammate Murphy in last month’s U.S. Olympic Trials two veterans qualified for seventh and eighth place: Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki, the silver medalist at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, finished seventh in 1: 56.68, and the Japanese Ryosuke Irie, who won the 2009 and 2011 silver at the World Cup, won the 2012 Olympics, finished eighth in 1: 56.69. That locked out the Frenchman Yohann N’Doye Brouard, who finished ninth in 1: 56.83. N’Doye-Brouard previously crashed into the wall in the 100-back semi-finals, blaming the mistake on an eye problem, but he saw a heavy impact in the four-lap event even though he narrowly missed the final run. It is noteworthy that the Australian Mitch Larkin did not take part in the 200 in Tokyo. Larkin, the event silver medalist behind Murphy in 2016 and the 2015 world champion in the event, ranks third in the world at 1: 54.38, but instead opted for the 200 IM, which is the same time as the 200 games .


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