Former Buckeye Hunter Armstrong makes 100m backstroke final at worlds

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DOHA, Qatar (WCMH) — Hunter Armstrong will be racing for another individual world title on Tuesday after impressive swims on Monday.

The former Buckeye and Dover, Ohio native qualified for the 100m backstroke final at the 2024 FINA World Championships in Doha, Qatar. He won his semifinal heat with a time of 53.04 but initially, he didn’t register as the winner because of a lane mix up. He and Greek swimmer Evangelos Makrygiannis swam in the wrong lanes.

Armstrong’s time was the fastest and puts him as the favorite for Tuesday’s final, which is scheduled to begin right before noon. He has earned the bronze medal in the 100m backstroke at the last two world championships.

On Sunday, Armstrong began his meet in Doha with a bronze medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay. After racing in the heats, he did not race in the final but still was part of the podium.

Armstrong has won nine medals at the world championships in the last three years. This is his third bronze medal to go along with two silvers and four golds. Armstrong has one Olympic gold medal as well as part of Team USA’s men’s medley relay team in Tokyo 2020.

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