King & Murphy will compete in away finals

King & Murphy will compete in away finals


The United States is in an expected position of strength after two days of racing at the 2022 World Championships. Many of its stars, including gold medalists Caeleb Dressel, Katie Ledeckyand Torri Huske have done great races so far.

While American excellence is a common theme at these encounters, this article will focus on two American stars who seem a bit off after 4 sessions. ryan murphy and Lilly King each debuted on Day 2 in their signature 100 race and ran the preliminaries and semifinals. But the world-record-holding pair got off to a slow start and were on the verge of missing the final.

ryan murphy – 100 backstroke

ryan murphy started things off with a 53.42 in the 100 backstroke heats to advance to the semis in 6th place. In lap 2 he held his position and improved to 52.80. He was just 0.20 seconds faster than eighth-placed Robert Glinta (53.00). Murphy’s fastest time so far in the competition is just under a second slower than his own world record of 51.85.

Just because Murphy has been 6th in both rounds so far doesn’t mean he’s not in contention for a medal, but a 6th seed going into the final is the lowest seed I’ve ever had. he has had in a major international 100m backstroke final for many years.

Time and classification of the semi-finals Duration of finals One placement
Rio 2016 Olympic Games 52.49 – Top seed 51.97 – Gold
Budapest 2017 World Championships 52.95 – Top seed 52.59 – Bronze
Gwangju World Championships 2019 52.44 – Tied for second seed 52.78 – 4th
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games 52.24 – Top seed 52.19 – Bronze
Budapest 2022 World Championships 52.80 To be determined

In 2018 at the Pan Pacific Championships, he placed first in the preliminaries with a 52.19 before winning gold in 51.94. There were no semi-finals during this meeting.

So, between his major international 100 backstroke races during 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022, this will be the only time he enters a position outside of the top 2. Which makes these stats a bit more disturbing is that the two men who beat him in Tokyo, Yevgeny Rylov and Kliment Kolesnikov are missing from this field. This presents the possibility that if those two Russians were present, Murphy could have finished 8th overall in the second round.

It would be totally insane to count Murphy out of this race given his history in this event and his status as a world record holder. But the top of the race presents too much momentum to ignore the possibility of him missing the podium.

Apostolos Christou had a hot hand in the semis, clocking a torrid run of 52.09 to set a new World and Greek Championships record. Thomas Cecon was right behind him, breaking an Italian record of 52.12, followed by the American Hunter Armstrong in a 52.37 to slightly trail his best time. Ksawery Masiuk swam a 52.58 PB, making him the 4th man to swim a 52-average or less.

So that’s 4 men in the final here who posted times faster than or just above what Murphy swam at the Tokyo Olympics. Time will tell how the final plays out, but the 6th place seed that set a precedent for Murphy will be something to watch.

Lilly King – 100 Breaststroke

Lilly KingEven more precarious than Murphy’s status in his 100 race event. King swam in 1:06.40 in the semis, which originally made her the 9th fastest woman in the field. His teammate Annie Lazorhowever, was disqualified from the event after swimming faster than King, meaning King placed 8th overall.

So from now on, King is expected to compete in the 100m breaststroke final in lane 8, despite being the 2016 Olympic champion, the 2020 Olympic bronze medalist, the 2017 and 2019 world champion and the holder of the world record. The problem, however, is that Annie Lazor appealed the disqualification and the result is expected Monday morning.

So, pending FINA’s decision, King will enter as the 8th seed or not be able to swim at all. Either has the potential for a dramatic outcome as we could either see a final without such legendary strength or we could see King attempt to win the event from lane 8.

Much like Murphy, if King enters this event, it will be the lowest seed she has entered an international grand final in recent memory.

Time and classification of the semi-finals Duration of finals One placement
Rio 2016 Olympic Games 1:05.70 – Top seed 1:04.93 – Gold
Budapest 2017 World Championships 1:04.53 – 2nd seed 1:04.13 – Gold (WR)
Gwangju World Championships 2019 1:05.66 – 2nd seed 1:04.93 – Gold
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games 1:05.40 – 2nd seed 1:05.04 – Bronze
Budapest 2022 World Championships 1:06.40 – 8th seed (pending DQ call result) To be determined

Just like Murphy, King was the top seed and champion of the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships, meaning that’s a big departure from her record at the 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 meets. and 2021.

King is certainly prone to losing time between semis and finals, but it might be tough to get down to 1:05-low range from the 1:06.40 she swam in the second round. She also gave her best in the preliminary round. when she swam a 1:06.65 for 7th place.

King will face a strong field of competitors if she makes the final, including the top seed Anna Elendt (1:05.62), Benedetta Pilato (1:05.88), Tang Qianting (1:05.97) and 2012 Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte (1:06.07). The good news for King is that all of those women were still a long way from her world record and her time in Tokyo, which means it won’t take a lifetime to win gold here.

While we’re not ready to fully bet against Murphy or King, it was interesting to see two of the United stalwarts perform at their best on the same day. They each have more races to come at this meet and will run the men’s 200m backstroke and women’s 200m breaststroke respectively, as well as any relays they are selected for.

North American Medal Table – As of Day 1 Finals

Canada 3 0 2 1

North American National Records – Day 1

  • Summer McIntosh400 Free – Canadian Record: 3:59.39 (beating own record of 3:59.39 from April 2022).
  • Dylan Carter50 Fly – Trinidad and Tobago record: 22.87 (beating own record of 23.11 from 2018)
  • Torri Huske100 butterfly – American record: 55.64 (beating own record of 55.66 from the 2021 Olympic trials)

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