Olympic swimmer Ryan Murphy hopes to strike gold again

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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:

200m backstroke

  • 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.

Olympic Medals...

2016 Rio Games:

🥇 - 4x100 medley relay

🥇 - 100m backstroke

🥇 - 200m backstroke

World Record:

  • 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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