Ryan Murphy Wins Bronze In Tokyo
TOKYO – Ryan Murphy captured his fourth career Olympic medal and California's second of the 2020 Tokyo Games as he won bronze in the 100-meter backstroke Monday night (PT) at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.
Murphy, the 2016 Olympic champion and world-record holder in the event, touched the wall in 52.19 seconds to place third while fellow Golden Bear Hugo González (52.78), a rising senior in Berkeley, claimed sixth place for Spain in his first Olympic finals appearance. Russian duo Evgeny Rylov (51.98) and Kliment Kloesnikov (52.00) went 1-2 for gold and silver ahead of Murphy.
MURPH TAKES BRONZE. ??????@ryan_f_murphy finishes third in the 100m back & earns his fourth career #Olympics medal. pic.twitter.com/RJhC9hlifh
— Cal Men's Swim & Dive (@calmenswim) July 27, 2021
Murphy became just the fourth Cal male swimmer to win four-plus Olympic medals, joining Matt Biondi (11), Nathan Adrian (9) and Anthony Ervin (4). Murphy has one more individual race ahead in Tokyo with the 200 back, an event he won gold in at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Cal men's swimming has now captured 47 Olympic medals (24 gold, 15 silver, eight bronze) all-time.
González, a 2016 Olympian, improved upon his 20th-place finish in the 100 back in Rio. He will swim the 200 individual medley on July 28-29.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, Singaporean and Cal alumnus Zheng Quah placed 22nd (1:56.42) in the 200 butterfly preliminaries.
Tuesday's prelims will include Cal's Andrew Seliskar (USA) in the 4x200 freestyle relay at 3:14 a.m. PT and Robin Hanson (Sweden) in the 100 free at 4:07 a.m. PT. Both Bears will swim again Tuesday night in the 100 free semis and 4x200 free relay final, if they advance past prelims.
100-Meter Backstroke Final
3. (BRONZE) Ryan Murphy (USA), 52.19
6. Hugo González (Spain), 52.78
200-Meter Butterfly Heats
22. Zheng Quah (Singapore), 1:56.42
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