After taking home three gold medals and setting a world record at the Rio Olympics, swimmer Ryan Murphy is looking for a repeat at this year's Games.
The big picture: The road to the Tokyo hasn't necessarily been smooth sailing for the 26 year-old. After the 2016 Olympics, Murphy took time to focus on finishing his education at UC Berkeley, and his "his swimming fell off," according to Team USA.
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But after graduating in 2017, changing coaches and experimenting with new practice methods, Murphy's performance rebounded. In Tokyo, many analysts believe he's set more gold.
When to watch:
Heats - July 28 at 6:25 a.m. ET
Semifinals - July at 10:04 p.m. ET
Final - July 29 at 9:50 p.m. ET
Murphy may also compete in the men's 4x100m medley relay and/or the new mixed 4x100m medley relay.
What he's saying
"I do feel like I'm better now," Murphy recently told NBC Chicago. "Basically every metric that I can try to measure myself in practice, I’m better."
"I think the biggest thing it would symbolize is how great of people I have around me," Murphy recently told People magazine of winning more Olympic medals.
2016 Rio Games:
🥇 - 4x100 medley relay
🥇 - 100m backstroke
🥇 - 200m backstroke
100m backstroke (51.97)
2021 Tokyo Games
🥉- 100m backstroke
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Editor's note: This article has been updated to record Murphy's bronze medal win in Tokyo on Tuesday.
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