Mitchell Larkin is a competitive swimmer from Great Britain. Born on September 7, 1993, Larkin quickly gained fame even during his early years. He’s known to be the Olympian of the 2012 London Olympics Games. During the event, he successfully won the Olympic trials for the 200-meter backstroke. At that time, he was the second youngest Australian swimmer in the competition.
Some years before his very first international appearance, Larkin already showed everyone that he’d got it. His first events were individual medleys. Larking joined at the age of 17 and already won the gold in 400 IM; he also joined in the 200 IM, where he won the silver medal, and also the 200-meter backstroke event during the 2010 Junior Pan Pacific Championships.
Later on, he also won many golds in multiple events, including 200 & 400 IM, 200-meter freestyle, and 200-meter backstroke during the Oceania Championships.
After setting a good score during his junior years, Larkin stepped into the senior competition in 2011. Their first senior competition for him was the 2011 World Championships where he qualified to compete in the 200 & 400-meter IM and 200-meter backstroke events. At the end of the day, he didn’t win anything. But, this very first experience was just the start of his long years of career.
A year later, he participated in the 2012 Olympic Games and became the youngest swimmer on the Australian team. He was only 19 years at that time. However, Larkin once again proved that he was capable by winning the 200-meter backstroke during the Australian Olympic Trials. During the actual competition, he competed in the 200-meter backstroke and finished 8th.
In the 2012 World Championships, Larkin once again competed by representing the Australian team in the 200-meter backstroke category. However, he missed the semi-finals by finishing the preliminaries in the 17th position.
The year 2013-2014 was Larkin’s season. Manyu would say that these were Larkin’s best years when his long training finally came to fruition. The first win ever recorded in 2013-2014 was in Common Wealth Games where Larkin won the gold medal in the 200-meter backstroke category.
However, it wasn’t the only medal he obtained. He also got the silvers in both 50 and 100-meter backstroke, and also another silver medal for helping the team to win the second position in the 4 X 100-meter medley relay.
He continued his way to Pan Pacific Championships, the competition where he won the bronze for striking the third position in the 200-meter backstroke category. He finished 3rd behind Tyler Clary from America and Ryosuke Irie of Japan. He also participated in the 4 x 100-meter medley relay for the Australian team and helped them win the bronze.
A year later, he continued his success by participating in various international events, including the Short World Championships where he won the gold medal for finishing first in the 100-meter backstroke category. He also successfully got the bronze medal in the 200-meter backstroke.
Later on, Larkin continued his winning spree by finishing first in 200 and 100-meter backstroke during the World Championships. Larkin himself, later on, said that this was the most challenging competition moment he’d ever had.
In 2015, Larking participated in the 2015 FINA World Cup for the 100 and 200-meter backstroke. At the end of the day, he ended up winning the gold in both categories plus the 50-meter backstroke.
During the time when he competed in Dubai, Larkin successfully set new Commonwealth records in both categories with a time of 52.11 for the 100-meter backstroke and 1:53.17 for the 200-meter backstroke.
Not long after, Larkin set a new record again during the Australian Short Course Championships. He made a new world record in the 200-meter backstroke in 1:45.63, which beat the previous record recorded at 1:46.11 by Arkady Vyatchanin back in 2009. Another Commonwealth record was made in the 100-meter backstroke by Larkin. His time was 49.03.
In the 2016 Australian Championships, he successfully got the golds for finishing first in the 100 and 200-meter backstroke.
Standing as the World Champion, Larkin was the people’s favourite during the Rio Olympics. During the 100-meter backstroke, he only finished in 4th with the time recorded at 52.43, slightly behind the bronze medalist, David Plummer from the United States.
But things changed when he participated in the 200-meter backstroke. At the end of the event, he won the second position by finishing in 1:53.96 behind Ryan Murphy of The United States. Larkin also participated in the relay and helped the team to win the bronze.
In the 2017 World Championships, Larkin was one of the Australian members of the 400-meter mixed medley relay. The team successfully got the silver after winning second place, and his split time was 53.11.
During the Games, Larkin snathed not only one, by five golds for sweeping the backstroke categories (50, 100, and 200), and also winning the 200 IM plus helping the Australian team in the 4 x 100 medley relay event.
Larkin opened his winning spree in the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships by participating in the 400 mixed medley relay. The Australian team finally managed to win a gold medal for it. Later on, he competed in the 100-meter backstroke and won the bronze.
His winning was still going. He competed in the 200 IM and won the silver with a time of 1:56.21, a new personal best.
At the end of the competition, Larking joined the Australian team again in the 4 x 100 medley relay, and successfully got the bronze medal.
2018’s season for Larkin ended with another medal-winning. In Hangzhou, Larkin got the bronze medal in the 200-meter backstroke after fiercely competing with Radoslaw Kawecki of Poland.
A year later, Larkin opened 2019 with another winning. This time, it was 100-meter backstroke. With a time of 52.77, Larkin got into the third position and won a bronze. On the next day, Larkin participated in the 4 x 100 mixed medley relay, and with a split time of 53.47, the team got the gold medal with a time difference of .02.
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