At the world swimming championships, Hunter Armstrong and Claire Curzan both won gold medals in the 100m backstroke, marking a milestone for the United States. This is the first time since 2013 that the U.S. has swept the golds in this event. Armstrong, who is 6-foot-8, earned his third world medal in the event after winning bronzes in the previous years. He overtook Spain’s Hugo Gonzalez by just two hundredths of a second. Curzan, on the other hand, earned her first individual world title by clocking a personal best time of 58.29 seconds in Doha.
Notably absent from these championships were Thomas Ceccon of Italy and Kaylee McKeown of Australia, as well as last year’s top U.S. backstrokers, Ryan Murphy and Regan Smith. The U.S. swimmers are currently preparing for June’s Olympic Trials where they will compete for spots at Paris Games’ top two swimmers (top six in 100m and 200m freestyles for relays) will qualify for Paris Games.
In recent years, Armstrong has made significant progress in his swimming career, moving from 19th place to take second to Murphy at the trials in 2019. Similarly, Curzan has been an outstanding performer at this year’s World Championships and placed tenth at the Olympics last year.
South Korean Hwang Sun-Woo won gold in men’s 200m freestyle with a time of 1:44.75 while American Luke Hobson earned bronze – his first individual world medal ever awarded to him during these finals . Italian Simona Quadarella won women’s 1500m free gold medal with an impressive time of 15:46