M100 Backstroke: Mitch Larkin Fends Off The Giants With A 52.40 For Aussie Gold

Mitch Larkin on his way to Auusie gold - by Patrick B. Kraemer

When Mitch Larkin was 8 he was watching the telly and enthusing over the idol excelling on the small screen as Matt Welsh picked up the 2001 world 100m backstroke crown to help tip the balance to a very rare Australian win over the USA on gold count in Fukuoka. Larkin’s 22 now – and he’s got his own long-course world crown to go with his s/c title

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When Mitch Larkin was 8 he was watching the telly and enthusing over the idol excelling on the small screen as Matt Welsh picked up the 2001 world 100m backstroke crown to help tip the balance to a very rare Australian win over the USA on gold count in Fukuoka. Larkin’s 22 now – and he’s got his own long-course world crown to go with his s/c title

Comments

aswimfan

Who knew that Larkin would win a major gold before Irie?

The 200 back is gonna be interesting as Larkin initially was a a much stronger 200 backstroker before finding more speed.

jean Bodon

First men U.S. medal! Does not look good for the U.S.A.

commonwombat

Larkin’s current form certainly adds some additional spice to the 200. Irie is traditionally stronger over the longer distance; will the Americans live up to their billing or …. perform along the lines of so many of their team-mates so far ?

Larkin IS proof that those with less than stellar international records CAN turn it around. One suspects attaining physical maturity was a major part but prior to 2014, his international record was patchy to say the least.

He performed well at CG, which in itself is not significant but these times were replicated along with placings amongst top JAP & USA competitors at PP. Here’s hoping he can maintain this level of performance ….. and his domestic competition get motivated to ensure he’s pushed hard.

Pierre AGOGUE

What to say about Lacourt? It’s such a good surprise. He didn’t run that fast for the last 4 years!!!
And the dash stil to come…
The best 100 bk final for a long time (Grevers was quite alone at London) and here 4 sub 53s.

commonwombat

Yes, Lacourt has been overlooked somewhat but he put together an excellent semi and final and certainly didn’t “die” at any stage of the race.

Verram

Amazing win for the Aussie boy Larkin… Glad he was mentally tough in the final

aswimfan

I agree with Pierre, this was the best and most exciting men 100 back final in a long time.

Not only the race was close, but very fast across all finishers.
Much faster than Barcelona, and as fast as 2009 but without the rubber suit.

Get this: the 8th pace, Tancock swam 53.37.
In Barcelona 8th was Gareth Kean in 54.25, in London it was Cheng Feiyi in 53.77 and in 2009 Rome was Grigoriadis in 54.43.

aswimfan

typo Grigoriadis in 53.43

Verram

I hope Mitchell Larkin continues to improve for Rio and hovers around low 52s… the Aussie men’s team could do with some individual stars to lead the way…

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