August 6th, 2015

Photo Courtesy: R-Sport / MIA Rossiya Segodnya

Australia’s Mitch Larkin broke 1:55 for the first time with an Oceanic record in the men’s 200-meter back semis at the 2015 FINA World Championships.

Larkin topped the semifinal heats with a time of 1:54.29.  That swim blasted his record of 1:55.26 as he vaulted to the top of the world rankings.  That swim cleared Ryosuke Irie’s world-best time of 1:54.62 from the BHP Super Series.

USA’s Ryan Murphy, who nearly broke a world record in the 100-meter backstroke as a mixed 400 medley relay leadoff earlier this week, raced his way to the second seed in 1:55.10.  That’s a personal best for Murphy, who lowered his previous top time of 1:55.73.

China’s Xu Jiayu checked in with a third-seeded effort of 1:55.13, just off his lifetime best and Chinese record of 1:55.05.

Russia’s Evgeny Rylov (1:55.54), Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki (1:55.54), Japan’s Ryosuke Irie (1:55.76), USA’s Tyler Clary (1:56.58) and China’s Li Guangyuan (1:57.12) also managed to make their way into the championship eight.

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200 Back World Rankings

Mitch Larkin 1:54.29
Ryosuke Irie 1:54.62
Xu Jiayu 1:55.13
Evgeny Rylov 1:55.54
Radoslaw Kawecki 1:55.54


  • Women’s 100 free semis
  • Men’s 200 IM finals
  • Women’s 200 breast semis
  • Men’s 100 free finals
  • Women’s 200 fly finals
  • Men’s 200 breast semis
  • Women’s 50 back finals
  • Men’s 200 back semis
  • Women’s 800 free relay finals


Source : Swimming World Magazine