Larkin in Kazan 2015
|Full name||Mitchell James Larkin|
9 July 1993 |
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||72 kg (159 lb)|
Mitchell Larkin (born 9 July 1993) is an Australian competitive swimmer who specialises in backstroke events. He competed for Australia in swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Larkin won a gold medal in the 200-metre backstroke and a silver medal in both the 50-metre and 100-metre backstroke at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, and two gold in the 100-metre and 200-metre backstroke at the 2015 FINA world championships in Kazan, Russia.
At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Larkin represented Australia in the 100m and 200m backstroke and the 4 x 100m medley relay. In the 100m backstroke, Larkin was the third fastest in the heats with a time of 53.04 and third fastest out of the two second semi-final heats with a time of 52.70.
Despite only being three hundredths slower than his gold medal winning time at the 2015 world championships, he missed out on a medal, finishing fourth in the final with a time of 52.43.
- List of Commonwealth Games medallists in swimming (men)
- World record progression 200 metres backstroke
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- London 2012
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- "2016 Australian Olympic Swimming Team selected". Australian Olympic Committee. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
|Men's 200 metre backstroke
world record holder (short course)
November 27, 2015 – present
|Pacific Rim Swimmer of the Year
Chad le Clos
|FINA Swimmer of the Year