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Olympic Swimming 2021: Men's 200m Backstroke Medal Winners, Times and Results

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJuly 30, 2021

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Russian Olympic Committee's Evgeny Rylov came into the men's 200-meter backstroke  event as the favorite. He lived up to the hype. 

Rylov set an Olympic record with a time of 1:53.27, holding off the United States' Ryan Murphy (1:54.15) and Great Britain's Luke Greenbank (1:54.72) to claim the gold medal. 

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Russian athletes at the Tokyo Games are competing under the banner of the ROC after Russia's name, flag and anthem were banned from this year's Olympics over a state-sponsored doping program and subsequent cover-up.

Rylov is having a strong Olympics, having already won gold in the 100-meter backstroke. Both golds have been important for the ROC, whose men had a cold streak in the pool before Rylov snapped it:

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*First gold since 1996 in the pool. Russia won an open water title in 2008.

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Evgeny Rylov doubles in the backstroke, taking both the 100 and 200 crowns from Ryan Murphy. Murph chased him in the 200 and gets silver, earned bronze in the 100.

"I was overwhelmed by joy ... now I just have to prove myself in other events," Rylov told reporters after winning the 100-meter backstroke. "I do understand the sky is the limit but I have achieved a very important result and of course I felt a huge relief."

Make that two very important results. 

Beating Murphy was no small task—he won the golds in both the 100- and 200-meter backstroke at the 2016 Rio Games. And Murphy had some strong thoughts about the race afterwards:

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I asked 🇺🇸 Ryan Murphy, who just took silver in the 200 back behind Russia’s Evgeny Rylov, about any concerns he had about his opponents doping. <br><br>“I’m swimming in a race that’s probably not clean,” he said. Full quote below ⬇️ <a href="https://t.co/Z264TV9vyq">pic.twitter.com/Z264TV9vyq</a>

Murphy probably isn't the only athlete who feels that way. But he certainly didn't pull any punches after his silver-medal swim. 

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