World Short Course Champions in Men's 200 m Backstroke

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  1. Ryan Lochte

    Ryan Lochte


    Ryan Steven Lochte (/ˈlɒkti/, LOCK-tee; born August 3, 1984) is an American competitive swimmer and an 11-time Olympic medalist (five gold, three silver, three bronze). His seven individual Olympic medals rank near the top in men's swimming. As part of the American team, he holds the world record in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay (long course). Individually, he currently holds the world record in the 100-meter individual medley, 200-meter individual medley (long and short course), and the 400-meter individual medley (short course).

  2. Aaron Peirsol

    Aaron Peirsol


    Aaron Wells Peirsol (born July 23, 1983) is an American former competition swimmer and backstroke specialist who is a former world champion and world record-holder. He is a three-time Olympian and seven-time Olympic medalist (five gold, two silver). As a member of the U.S. national team, he holds the world record in the men's 4×100-meter medley relay (long course). Individually, he currently holds the world record in the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke events (long course). In February 2011, Peirsol announced his retirement, saying, "I ended up doing everything I set out to do."

  3. Markus Rogan

    Markus Rogan


    Markus Antonius Rogan (born 4 May 1982 in Vienna) is an Austrian swimmer, who won two silver medals at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece and a gold medal for 200 m backstroke at the 2008 World Short Course Championships in Manchester. He also was the world record holder in 200 metres backstroke (short course) in that year.

  4. Tripp Schwenk

    Tripp Schwenk


    William Douglas Schwenk, III (born June 17, 1971) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder.

  5. Rodolfo Falcón

    Rodolfo Falcón


    Rodolfo A. Falcón Cabrera (born October 25, 1972 in Havana, Cuba) is a 3-time Olympic swimmer from Cuba, and has been called the country's best swimmer ever. Since 2006, he has been the country's National Commissioner for swimming.

  6. Neisser Bent

    Neisser Bent


    Neisser S. Bent Vázquez (born August 7, 1976 in Nueva Gerona, Isla de la Juventud) is a former international backstroke swimmer from Cuba, who swam at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics. At the '96 Games, he won the bronze medal in the 100 m backstroke, just behind fellow countryman Rodolfo Falcón.

  7. Josh Watson

    Josh Watson


    Joshua John Watson (born 31 July 1977) is an Australian backstroke swimmer who won a silver medal in the 4×100-metre medley relay at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

  8. Gordan Kožulj

    Gordan Kožulj


    Gordan Kožulj (born 28 November 1976) is a former backstroke swimmer from Croatia, who competed in four consecutive Summer Olympics for his native country, starting in 1996.

  9. Radosław Kawęcki

    Radosław Kawęcki


    Radosław Kawęcki (born 16 August 1991) is a Polish backstroke swimmer. He is triple gold medalist at the European Short Course Swimming Championships at the distances 100 meter (2011) and 200 meter (2011 and 2012) backstroke events. Kawęcki finished fourth at the Summer Olympic in London at the 200 meter backstroke.

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