M200BK: Russia’s Rylov 1:53.61ER Deepens USA’s Woe After 21-Year Golden Streak

Evgeny Rylov of Russia celebrates victory - by Patrick B. Kraemer

The run was done in 2015 with Mitch Larkin: the last time the USA lost the 200m backstroke title, it was 1994 and Vladimir Selkov took the crown in Rome. Another Russian squared the circle today: Evgeny Rylov went go-to-gold in a European record of 1:53.61 ahead of Olympic champion Ryan Murphy, the American on 1:54.21, his teammate Jacob Pebley taking bronze in 1:55.05. In fourth came the Russian who might wipe them all aside come Tokyo2020: 17-year-old Kliment Kolsenikov, on 1:55.14, a world junior record of blistering speed for one so young.

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The run was done in 2015 with Mitch Larkin: the last time the USA lost the 200m backstroke title, it was 1994 and Vladimir Selkov took the crown in Rome. Another Russian squared the circle today: Evgeny Rylov went go-to-gold in a European record of 1:53.61 ahead of Olympic champion Ryan Murphy, the American on 1:54.21, his teammate Jacob Pebley taking bronze in 1:55.05. In fourth came the Russian who might wipe them all aside come Tokyo2020: 17-year-old Kliment Kolsenikov, on 1:55.14, a world junior record of blistering speed for one so young.

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