The Chosen One: Ryan Murphy Scares WR In 100 Backstroke As U.S. Dominance Holds

Ryan MURPHY of the United States of America (USA) reacts after winning in the men's 100m Backstroke Final

Pegged as the future of American backstroke years ago, Ryan Murphy fulfilled expectations by capturing the gold medal in the 100 backstroke, just missing the world record of Aaron Peirsol.

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I thought Larkin would step up and produce his form of last year but to finish fourth is a big surprise (to me anyway). Murphy has moved on from Kazan to be a consistent fast performer. I wondered how he would handle the high pressure scenario but he proved himself in Omaha and is now Olympic champion and possibly a world record to come in the medley.
Larkin and seebohm were big surprises.

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