The 2022 World Swimming Championships were marked by a significant achievement for the United States, as Hunter Armstrong and Claire Curzan each won the 100m backstroke gold medals, marking the first time the U.S. has swept the golds in this event since 2013. Armstrong, who stands at 6-foot-8, earned his third world medal in the event after winning bronzes in the last two years. He overtook Spain’s Hugo Gonzalez by just two hundredths of a second to claim victory.
Curzan, at only 19 years old, earned her first individual world title by clocking a personal best time of 58.29 seconds in Doha. The last time the U.S. swept the 100m back golds was in 2013 with Missy Franklin and Matt Grevers.
Notably missing from the championships were both Thomas Ceccon of Italy and Kaylee McKeown of Australia, as well as the top U.S. backstrokers from last year, world champion Ryan Murphy and world silver medalist Regan Smith. The U.S. swimmers are currently preparing for June’s Olympic Trials where they hope to qualify for Paris’s Games as they aim to continue their success on an international stage.
In terms of individual achievements, South Korean Hwang Sun-Woo won the men’s 200m freestyle with a time of 1:44.75, earning him his first individual world medal while American Luke Hobson finished in third place with his own personal best performance of 1:47:86.” Meanwhile Italian Simona Quadarella won the women’s 1500m free in a time of 15:46:99 without Katie Ledecky present.” Worlds will continue with finals on Wednesday live on Peacock at 11 am ET