Mitch Larkin Cracks World-Title Winning Time In Tokyo For 3rd Best Textile 200 Back

Mitch Larkin - a 200m only swimmer at Barcelona 2013, he took gold over two laps at Kazan 2015 and added the four-lap crown to boot … now he's swiftest 100m man in the world, too - images by Patrick B. Kraemer and (right) Craig Lord

Until today, Australia’s Mitch Larkin held sway at the helm of the world 200m backstroke rankings with the 1:53.58 in which he claimed the world title back in August. The best of the season is now 1:53.34 – and the man at the top remains Larkin, his four-lap blast at the Tokyo round of the World Cup unfolding after he’d raced in the dash final

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Until today, Australia’s Mitch Larkin held sway at the helm of the world 200m backstroke rankings with the 1:53.58 in which he claimed the world title back in August. The best of the season is now 1:53.34 – and the man at the top remains Larkin, his four-lap blast at the Tokyo round of the World Cup unfolding after he’d raced in the dash final

Comments

aswimfan

My jaw dropped when I saw Seebohm’s result on omega live timing, that is until I saw Larkin’s.

commonwombat

I’m not going there with the World Record talk; they happen …. when they happen. What Seebohm and her team clearly seem to be doing is establishing a consistent “standard of excellence” for her performances whenever she sets out to race.

It would also appear that Team Larkin have not been averse to “going to school” on what’s been working for Seebohm as he certainly has not been shy to race over the past 12months (also did 2014 SC Worlds).

It may have been tempting to look on Larkin’s Kazan campaign and think “Yes, very impressive but is this perhaps that one in a lifetime meet where everything just went right for him”. These results at this meet have just blown that scenario out of the water.

He is clearly “the real deal” and is essentially saying to his competition to the tune of “this is where you’re going to have to be next year to be a chance of beating me”. They should, of course, be much stronger next year but barring illness or injury; it’s difficult not to see him being a very major factor in both events in Rio.

felix

“wombat” he’s obviously going to be a major factor in Rio. Definitely looking the man to beat in the 200, I think Clary’s “best days” are “behind him.” I would be “surprised” to see Lochte swim the 200bk in Rio. Obviously the 2 Americans who do swim in it in Rio will be medal contenders. As for the 100, he won it in the last 5m in Kazan, I do believe Lacourt and Grevers will be faster in Rio so that’ll be a cracking race and the other American will be right in it as well.

Craig Lord

felix, last sentence removed – no-one else mentioned the folk you did, though you raised it as if they had – and did so in a tone that takes a stick and pokes people in the eye. No mention of those people in the article – and you could have said the same of people from a number of nations but you chose a specific nation, for reasons best known to yourself. I’m not going to encourage that kind of stuff. By all means state your favourites and why and say why you think others won’t make it but comments that speak to the gratuitous and personal I’m going to remove. It encourages more of the same. I see that pub-talk from the terraces stuff elsewhere. Plenty of it. I don’t want it on this website. Thanks

Bad Anon

Until now, Irie was the most consistent 200m backstroker dropping 1.54s in season but didn’t nearly drop as much time in championship finals. Larkin and Seebohm really taking backstroke swimming to another level. If they can hold form to Rio, we can expect something special from them.
Case in point : Sarah Sjostrom; she was a 56.mid 100fly swimmer until a huge break through breaking wr’s. in Kazan. wishing Larkin and Seebohm the same “”luck “” in Rio

aswimfan

I agree. Until now, Irie has been the Mr. Consistency. But Larkin is taking it to a whole new level from 50 to 200.
We’ll see if Larkin will still be able to sustain such level in Doha and Dubai. It will be extremely tough.

felix

Well aswimfan its not like its necessary….but would be very impressive if he did. Irie’s physical makeup would have alot to do with his ability to race fast consistently but this has been his weakest year for some time. Was awfully close to gold in London but very hard to see him beating Larkin now. What will be interesting to see is how coach Bohl’s squad in general now performs at trials and Rio. Larkin obviously now is his premier swimmer and it is very rare to see the worlds best swimming this fast at this stage of an Olympic preparation.

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