Luke Greenbank claims bronze in the men's 200m backstroke in Tokyo
30th July 2021

Another in the bank! Team GB secures its fifth swimming medal of the Tokyo Olympics as Luke Greenbank claims bronze in the men’s 200m backstroke with Russia’s Evgeny Rylov setting a new record to win gold

  • Luke Greenbank has notched a bronze medal for Team GB in 200m backstroke  
  • The long-haired swimmer finished in a time of 1:54.72 – 1.45 seconds behind gold
  • Russia’s Evgeny Rylov was victorious as he clocked in with new Olympic record  

Luke Greenbank won Great Britain’s fifth swimming medal of these glorious Games with a bronze in the 200metres backstroke.

The 23-year-old Cumbrian finished in a time of 1:54.72sec – 1.45sec behind Russian Evgeny Rylov, who clocked a new Olympic record as he completed the 100m and 200m double.

USA’s Ryan Murphy was third in a repeat of the top three at the 2019 World Championships.

Luke Greenbank added to Team GB’s medal haul by claiming bronze in the 200m backstroke

Greenbank has been growing his hair long for good luck but is now due a trim after his display

Greenbank has not cut his hair for two years because his long locks have coincided with a turnaround in his swimming fortunes.

And the rising star, who trains under Adam Peaty’s coach Mel Marshall, is not likely to have a trim now after adding an Olympic medal to his ever-growing collection.

Speaking after claiming bronze, Greenbank said his achievement was ‘a dream come true’ and said it felt ‘absolutely amazing’.

‘It’s amazing,’ he said. ‘A dream come true. I’m so happy and over the moon.

‘My first memory of swimming is watching the Beijing Olympics. It’s always been a life ambition of mine so to come away with a medal, an individual medal as well, is absolutely amazing.’

The British star said it felt ‘absolutely amazing’ to walk away with a medal around his neck




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