Tokyo Olympics – Swimming: Russia ends US hegemony

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Russia, participating in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on behalf of the Russian Olympic Committee, dominates the 100m backstroke in swimming.

  • Gold and silver for Russia in the 100m backstroke in swimming
    Gold and silver for Russia in the 100m backstroke in swimming

Russia, participating in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on behalf of the Russian Olympic Committee, dominated the 100m backstroke race with Yevgeny Rylov and Kliment Kolesnikov in first and second places, winning gold and silver, ending the US dominance in this race since 1980.

Rylov (24 years), a specialist in the 200m backstroke, recorded a time of 51.98 seconds, ahead of Kolesnikov (52.00 seconds) and the reigning American champion Ryan Murphy (52.19 seconds).

This is the first time since the 1980 Moscow Games that an American swimmer has failed to win a gold or silver race.

Rylov added this gold to the bronze he won in Rio 2016 and two golds at the world championships, all in the 200m backstroke.

For his part, 21-year-old Kolesnikov, who is making his Olympic debut, won the 2019 World Cup bronze in the 50m backstroke.





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