Rio Olympic champion Ryan Murphy wins bronze in men’s 100-meter backstroke
TOKYO — For the primary time in his Olympics career, Ryan Murphy knows whatever however gold.
Murphy could not guard his gold within the 100-meter backstroke from the 2016 Rio games or preserve off Russian Olympic Committee swimmers Evgeny Rylov (51. Ninety-eight seconds) and Kliment Koleskinov (fifty two.00). Five of the eight swimmers had been in that Rio very last 5 years in the past.
“I wager it’s shoot for the celebrities, land at the moon.
It’s kind of what it is,” Murphy said inside the blended region after his swim.
“Winning an Olympic gold approach you’re the quality within the global. Being 1/3 within the world isn’t any slouch.”
Murphy swam a fifty-two. 19 to say bronze notwithstanding entering the very last with the top qualifying time of fifty-two. 24, five one-hundredths of a second beforehand of Koleskinov.
The race proved tight across the entire area and a strong finish from Murphy gave him a ways from the % and located him at the podium with the Russians.
“That’s the fastest backstroke heat ever. To be part of that, that became my best swim of the 12 months. So it’s satisfactory on the way to do that in a strain-packed Olympic final.”
The California-Berkeley graduate also received gold in the 2 hundred-meter again and the 4×100 medley relay in Rio, his first Olympics.
It changed into throughout that relay in Rio that Murphy set the arena record for a hundred back with a 51.85 leg to start the race; he gained the person event at fifty-one. Ninety-seven.
The before-noon finals in Tokyo did no longer impact his overall performance, Muphy said.
“i like the morning,” he said. “I love getting up and simply doing it.”
“My theory is that as the net has exploded, you’re capable of seeing how every person trains, what all and sundry does,” he stated. “I assume in our race it became cool to see the (Russian athletes do) actually first-rate. It’s superb to be a part of that.
“The Olympics is a stress-cooker. … The motive I really like the Olympics is you understand you’re getting all people’s quality. I love the idea of that. I don’t clearly sense such as you get that during every other competition.”
Murphy will search for any other medal inside the 200-meter lower back when qualifiers start Wednesday. He’s now not positive if he will be in the 4×100 medley this 12 months.