Larkin’s gold completes Australia’s backstroke double

Sports Page — Mitchell Larkin won the men’s 100m backstroke final at the world swimming championships in Kazan to complete Australia’s double in the event on Tuesday.

Larkin touched the wall at 52.40secs with France’s Camille Lacourt taking silver at 0.08secs back and Olympic champion Matt Grevers earned bronze at 0.26secs.

The 22-year-old completed a golden night for Australian backstrokers in Kazan by completing the double after Emily Seebohm won the women’s 100m final with their compatriot Madison Wilson taking silver just minutes before.

This was Larkin’s first world championship gold medal having won Commonwealth Games 200m backstroke gold in Glasgow last year.

He summed up his world title in one word “amazing” and described his win in detail in the mixed zone.

“You walk out, hearing your name called. The crowd roars. Then it goes silent. Deep breath. Then it is over before you know it,” he said.

“To touch the wall and see number one next to your name is fantastic.”

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