Led by Hunter Armstrong, there was a distinct scarlet and gray hue to the 2022 FINA World Championships. All told six medals were awarded with a Buckeye taking some sort of responsibility.
The bulk of the hardware was by a budding star that you might want to keep tabs on before the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris. Buckeye swimmer Hunter Armstong, the current world record holder in the 50m backstroke was a star for Team USA.
The other Buckeye that had a hand in bringing a medal home, this time for Team Canada, was Ruslan Gaziev. Here’s how the events that OSU swimmers had a hand in played out.
50m Backstroke - Hunter Armstrong
Ohio State swimmer Hunter Armstrong. Credit: USA TODAY Sports
Silver Medal (24.14)
4x100 Medley Relay
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JUNE 25: Gold medalist, Hunter Armstrong of Team United States poses with their medal during the medal ceremony for the Men’s 50m Backstroke Final on day eight of the Budapest 2022 FINA World Championships at Duna Arena on June 25, 2022, in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Silver Medal (swam in heat to help qualify USA)
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 26: Hunter Armstrong of Team United States looks on during the Men’s 100m Backstroke Semifinal on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 26, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Bronze Medal (51.98) – Personal Best
4x100 Mixed Medley Relay - Hunter Armstrong
USA’s Hunter Armstrong (L) lifts the arm of USA’s Justin Ress who finished first, before Ress was disqualified from the men’s 50m backstroke finals during the Budapest 2022 World Aquatics Championships at Duna Arena in Budapest on June 25, 2022. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Gold Medal (led off)
4x100 Freestyle Relay - Hunter Armstrong
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JUNE 25: Hunter Armstrong of Team United States speaks to the media after picking up Gold in the Men’s 50m Backstroke Final on day eight of the Budapest 2022 FINA World Championships at Duna Arena on June 25, 2022, in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Gold Medal (raced in first day to qualify Americans)
Mixed 4x100 Freestyle Relay - Ruslan Gaziev (Canada)
Ohio State freshman Ruslan Gaziev gets ready before the 50-yard freestyle during the second day of Big Ten men’s swimming and diving championships on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC) in Iowa City, Iowa. Gaziev finished seventh overall, with a time of 19.60.
Silver Medal (swam in heats to qualify Canada)