Luke Greenbank wins silver in the men’s 200m backstroke at the world championships

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 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.

It was a tight finish, as Greenbank ended up with 1:55.16 – just 0.64 behind the eventual winner Murphy. 

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

Greenbank finished 0.64 seconds behind eventual winner – the Unites States’ Ryan Murphy

Brodie Williams finished fourth in that race 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.

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.

The team finished with an impressive time of 7:04.00 – which is a new English record – though they too suffered defeat to the Americans, who were was 3.76 seconds ahead of them.

It was Dean who led the way for the team – racking up a time of just 1:43.53 – the fastest split in the race – to help edge past the Brazilian and Korean teams and inspire a bronze medal. 

Dean has won Great Britain’s only other medal in Hungary, having finished third in the individual 200m freestyle on Monday.

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