American swimmers dominate backstroke events at world swimming championships

At the world swimming championships, Hunter Armstrong and Claire Curzan each won gold medals in the 100m backstroke event. This marked the first time that the US has swept the golds in this event since 2013. Armstrong, who is 6-foot-8, earned his third world medal in the event after winning bronzes in previous years. He overtook Spain’s Hugo Gonzalez by two hundredths of a second to win gold.

Curzan, who is just 19 years old, won her first individual world title by clocking a personal best time of 58.29 seconds in Doha. Notably missing from the championships were both Thomas Ceccon of Italy and Kaylee McKeown of Australia, as well as the top U.S. backstrokers from last year, world champion Ryan Murphy and silver medalist Regan Smith.

The US swimmers are currently preparing for June’s Olympic Trials where they will compete for spots on the Paris team. In the last Olympic cycle, Armstrong made significant progress in his career, going from 19th in the nation in the 100m back to taking second place to Murphy at trials. Curzan also had a standout performance at worlds and placed 10th at the Olympics last year.

In other events at Worlds, South Korean Hwang Sun-Woo won gold in men’s 200m freestyle with American Luke Hobson earning bronze for his first individual world medal. Italian Simona Quadarella won women’s 1500m free gold without Katie Ledecky present due to injury concerns

By Editor

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