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Russia achieved participation under a neutral flag due to doping issues, two in the 100m backstroke in swimming, after the arrival of Yevgeny Rylov and Kliment Kolesnikov in the first and second places on Tuesday, at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo until August 8.
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 was not far from Murphy’s world record (51.85 seconds).
He added a gold to the bronze he won in Rio 2016 and two golds at the world championships in 2017 and 2019, all in the 200m backstroke.
For his part, Kolesnikov, 21, who is making his Olympic debut, won the 2019 World Cup bronze in the 50m backstroke.
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