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Ryan Murphy of Ponte Vedra Beach wins silver in Olympic 200 backstroke final

Clayton Freeman
Florida Times-Union
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Ryan Murphy is adding another medal to his Olympic collection.

The Bolles School graduate raced to the silver medal in the men's 200-meter backstroke, his second medal of the Tokyo Olympics, in Thursday night's final.

Clay High School graduate Caeleb Dressel also dominated his own butterfly semifinal to qualify for Friday night's final.

The silver brings Murphy's career medal total to five, most in Northeast Florida history at the Olympics.

Murphy touched the wall in 1:54.15 in the four-length race but couldn't outrace Russian Evgeny Rylov, who led the race wire-to-wire at 1:53.27.

Ryan Murphy swims in the men's 200 backstroke final at the Tokyo Olympics.

Rylov surpassed the Olympic record of 1:53.41, set by American Tyler Clary in London in 2012. He became the first Olympic champion in the men's 200 back representing a country other than the United States since current Episcopal swimming coach Martin Zubero, representing Spain in 1992 in Barcelona.

Great Britain's Luke Greenbank got the bronze.

Earlier in Tokyo:Ryan Murphy of Bolles School wins bronze in 100 back at Olympics

Two records, eight hours:Florida's Caeleb Dressel wins Olympic gold in 100 free and 100 fly

Getting emotional:Watch Caeleb Dressel break down in tears after winning gold

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Earlier at these Olympics, Murphy received a bronze medal in the 100 back, where he finished behind the Russian pair of Rylov and Kliment Kolesnikov.

Murphy won three gold medals at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, placing first in the 100 back, the 200 back and the men's 4x100 medley relay. His leadoff leg in the relay for the United States set a world record that still stands.

From left, Ryan Murphy (United States), Evgeny Rylov (Russian Olympic Committee) and Luke Greenbank (Great Britain) pose with their medals.

Murphy's schedule for the Olympics could still include two more relays. The United States race Friday night in the final of the mixed medley relay, with two men and two women. He's also expected to race in the 4x100 men's medley relay, the traditional concluding event of the men's swimming schedule.

The Americans, swimming without Murphy and Dressel in Friday's preliminary round, nearly failed to qualify in the men's medley relay, but hung on to advance with the seventh-fastest time.

Double gold medalist Dressel took one more step forward in his Olympic quest, qualifying for the final of the 100 butterfly and reclaiming his Olympic record.

The Green Cove Springs native, the reigning world champion at the distance, accelerated clear of the field and won his semifinal in 49.71. 

His qualifying time for the final is three-fifths of a second faster than second-seeded Kristof Milak of Hungary, who had briefly snatched Dressel's Olympic record in the first semifinal.

Dressel continued his success in Friday's session, bursting away from the start to win the preliminary heat of the 50 freestyle in 21.32 and capture the top overall seed entering the semifinals.

Dressel already has two gold medals from these Olympics, winning the men's 100 free as well as the men's 4x100 free relay. Counting his two relay gold medals from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016, he's already up to four golds for his Olympic career.

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