Russia achieved a double in the 100 meters backstroke, after Yevgeny Rylov and Kliment Kolesnikov took first and second places, today, Tuesday, in the Tokyo Olympics.
Rylov (24 years) scored a time of 51.98 seconds, ahead of Kolesnikov (52.00 seconds), and American champion Ryan Murphy (52.19 seconds).
This is the first time since the 1980 Moscow Olympics that an American swimmer has failed to win a gold or silver race.
Reloff was not far from Murphy’s world record (51.85 seconds).
Rylov added this gold to the bronze he won in Rio 2016, and two golds at the world championships in 2017 and 2019, all in the 200 meters backstroke.