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United States Sweeps 100m Backstroke Golds at World Swimming Championships


Feb 13, 2024
American swimmers dominate backstroke events at world swimming championships

Hunter Armstrong and Claire Curzan have made history at the world swimming championships by winning the 100m backstroke gold medals, marking the first time the U.S. 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 the last two years. He overtook Spain’s Hugo Gonzalez by just two hundredths of a second. On the other hand, Curzan, at just 19 years old, earned her first individual world title by clocking a personal best time of 58.29 seconds in Doha.

Notably missing from the championships were world record holders Thomas Ceccon of Italy and Kaylee McKeown of Australia, as well as top U.S. backstrokers last year, world champion Ryan Murphy and world silver medalist Regan Smith. The U.S swimmers are currently preparing for June’s Olympic Trials where the top two in each event (top six in 100m and 200m freestyles for relays) will qualify for Paris.

In the last Olympic cycle, Armstrong made significant progress in his swimming career by going from 19th in the nation in the 100m back in 2019 to taking second place to Murphy at trials. Similarly, Curzan was also a standout performer and placed tenth at the Olympics while having a strong showing at this year’s World Championships.

South Korea’s Hwang Sun-Woo won the men’s 200m freestyle with American Luke Hobson earning bronze – his first individual world medal ever! On another note, Italian Simona Quadarella won

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