Swimming: Murphy completes U.S. backstroke double

Fri Aug 12, 2016 12:08am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Ryan Murphy completed a backstroke double and extended a U.S. winning streak on Thursday, adding the Olympic men's 200 meters gold to the 100 title he won earlier in the week.

The U.S. men have now won the event for six successive Olympics dating back to Atlanta in 1996.

"That one was very painful but I wanted it bad. The 100m backstroke comes more naturally for me," said Murphy. "The 200 back is an event I really have to dig deep for.

"This medal means a little more to me."

World champion Mitch Larkin, who had been tipped to become only the second Australian to win a backstroke gold and the first since 1960, had to settle for the silver medal.

Russian Evgeny Rylov clinched bronze.

"There's a lot of pressure. Unfortunately Ryan came over the top of me," said Larkin, who arrived in Brazil as a big hope capable of going home with two golds but who finished fourth in the 100m backstroke.

"This week was a massive learning experience.   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Swimming - Final - Men's 200m Backstroke Final - Olympic Aquatics Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11/08/2016. Ryan Murphy (USA) of USA competes     REUTERS/David Gray