Ohio State swimmer Hunter Armstrong breaks world record in 50m backstroke

Staff reports
Hunter Armstrong's time of 23.71 seconds topped the record of 23.80 set last year by Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov.

Ohio State swimmer Hunter Armstrong broke the world record in the 50-meter backstroke on Thursday, winning the U.S. International Team Trials race with a time of 23.71 seconds.

That time topped the record of 23.80 set last year by Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov.

With the win in Greensboro, North Carolina, Armstrong, a junior from Dover who was an Olympian last year, secured a spot on the World Championships team.

“Based on how Hunter was training leading up to the meet we, as a staff, discussed the possibility of him making a run at the world record in the 100 back,” said Ohio State director of swimming and diving Bill Dorenkott. “To make the team in the 100 free, set the world record in the 50 back with the 100 back still to come is pretty surreal.”

In the prelims, Armstrong became the second-fastest performer in history as he lowered Ryan Murphy’s American record with his time of 24.01. Armstrong had not finished under 25 seconds in the event prior to Thursday's races.

“I told Hunter after the swim to stay humble and stay hungry,” Dorenkott said. “He will always be the small-town kid from Dover, Ohio. Now, he also happens to be a world record holder."