Mitch Larkin

Mitch Larkin

Swimming Schedule & Results

(Local) / 11:04 PM 13 Aug (Rio)
Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final

3:29.93 (3rd)

United States of America (USA)
Great Britain (GBR)
Australia (AUS)

(Local) / 03:48 PM 12 Aug (Rio)
Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay - Heat 1

3:32.57 (2nd)

(Local) / 10:26 PM 11 Aug (Rio)
Men's 200m Backstroke Final

1:53.96 (2nd)

Ryan Murphy (USA)
Mitchell Larkin (AUS)
Evgeny Rylov (RUS)

(Local) / 10:37 PM 10 Aug (Rio)
Men's 200m Backstroke Semifinal 2

1:54.73 (2nd)

(Local) / 01:40 PM 10 Aug (Rio)
Men's 200m Backstroke - Heat 4

1:56.01 (1st)

(Local) / 10:38 PM 8 Aug (Rio)
Men's 100m Backstroke Final

52.43 (4th)

Ryan Murphy (USA)
Jiayu Xu (CHN)
David Plummer (USA)

(Local) / 11:20 PM 7 Aug (Rio)
Men's 100m Backstroke Semifinal 2

52.70 (2nd)

(Local) / 02:23 PM 7 Aug (Rio)
Men's 100m Backstroke - Heat 5

53.04 (2nd)

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Athlete Biography

Dual World Champion Mitch Larkin has his eye on gold at Rio. He won both the 100m and 200m backstroke at the Nationals. His 100m backstroke win (52.54) was just 0.04 off his world title time from Kazan. Larkin's personal best is the national and Commonwealth record of 52.11.

He enjoyed a stellar 2015 alongside fellow World Champion and girlfriend Emily Seebohm, becoming only the fourth person – and the first in 10 years - to complete the 100m-200m double at the World Championships. He also claimed multiple World Cup wins, set the 200m world short course record and was named FINA male swimmer of the year.

The Brisbane engineering student is coached by Michael Bohl at St Peters Western Swim Club alongside fellow Rio Team members Madeline Groves, Madison Wilson, Georgia Bohl, Bronte Barratt and Brittany Elmslie.

Larkin made his Olympic debut at London 2012 in the 200m backstroke where he made it through to the finals and finished eighth.

His Olympic journey began back in 2009 at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival where he competed in five events, winning silver in the 400m individual medley.

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Olympic Information

  • 2012 London - 8th (200m backstroke)

Recent Performances

  • 1st (100m backstroke), 1st (200m backstroke) - 2016 Brisbane Grand Prix (Brisbane, Australia)
  • 1st (200m backstroke), 2nd (100m backstroke) - 2016 Santa Clara Grand Prix (Santa Clara, USA)
  • 1st (200m backstroke), 1st (100m backstroke) - 2016 Australian Open Championships (Adelaide, Australia)
  • 1st (100m backstroke), 1st (200m backstroke) – 2015 World Championships (Kazan, Russia)
  • 1st (100m backstroke) – 2015 World Cup (Dubai, UAE)

Career Highlights

  • Winning both the 100m and 200m Backstroke at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia.
  • Breaking the 200m backstroke shortcourse World Record in 2015.


  • Primary
    Wishart State School (QLD, Australia)
  • Secondary
    John Paul College (QLD, Australia)
  • Tertiary
    Bachelor of Engineering - Queensland University of Technology (2011 - )


  • Coach
    Michael Bohl (2009 - current)
  • Club
    St Peters Western, Indooroopilly QLD AUS
  • Institute/Academy
  • Primary Training Base
    Birsbane, QLD


Favourite food
Good Aussie BBQ medium rare steak
Favourite holiday destination
Tokyo, Japan
Favourite music
Chet Faker or Flight Facilites
Dream car
There are too many to choose from.
Personal Motto
All the water in the entire ocean isn't able to sink a ship, only by the water it lets inside.
Star Sign
I would spend my last $10 on
Most likely food
I have the Olympic rings on my left hip
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
First Olympic Memory?
2000 Sydney Olympics