Luke Greenbank wins silver in the men’s 200m backstroke at the world championships after being pipped to gold by US star Ryan Murphy… as Tom Dean leads Great Britan to bronze in the 2x200m freestyle relay
- Luke Greenbank earned a silver in 200m backstroke at the world championships
- The British star narrowly finished second to US swimmer Ryan Murphy
- Tom Dean led Great Britain’s efforts to win bronze in the 2x200m freestyle relay
Luke Greenbank won silver in the men’s 200 metres backstroke at the World Aquatics Championships on Thursday.
The 24-year-old took bronze at the 2019 edition and upgraded it to silver in Budapest, where Ryan Murphy of the United States pipped him to gold during a strong finish.
Silver medallist Greenbank said: ‘I’m really pleased with that. This has been a bit of a hectic year, so to come away with a silver medal, it’s not far off my best time, I’m over the moon!’ said Greenbank
Luke Greenbank (L) finished with a silver medal in the men’s 200m backstroke on Thursday
Greenbank finished 0.64 seconds behind eventual winner – the Unites States’ Ryan Murphy
‘Waiting until now for my main event, it’s just part of managing the whole experience.
‘This is my third Worlds, so I know what it’s all about, keep level and not let the highs be too high or the lows be too low, the steadier you are, the better.
‘That medal will be really helpful and definitely boost morale – morale is already high in the team, but whenever somebody comes back with a medal, it does really help.’
Brodie Williams finished fourth in the 200m backstroke final at his maiden World Championships, lowering the personal best he set in the semi-finals by a hundredth of a second to 1 minute 56.16 seconds.
Tom Dean (L) led Britain’s efforts to help claim bronze in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay
Great Britain ended the day by winning bronze in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay, with Tom Dean anchoring the team superbly following the legs of James Guy, Jacob Whittle and Joe Litchfield.
Dean has won Great Britain’s only other medal in Hungary, having finished third in the individual 200m freestyle on Monday.
‘It’s always a tricky one after that individual,’ he said. ‘I really hurt myself on that one, didn’t swim it how I wanted to – but you get on the relay and it’s a different ball game altogether.
‘You’ve got the energy of the team, you’ve got the crowd, you’re a bit more relaxed and you swim it faster.’