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Mitch LARKIN
Sport Swimming
NOC Australia   
GenderMen
Born09 Jul 1993 in Buderim, AUS
Height1.88 m
Weight 74 kg
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Engineering - Queensland University of Technology: Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age eight.
Why this sport?
He became involved with the sport when his third grade school teacher encouraged him to join the weekly school swimming club.
Club / Team
St Peters Western: Australia
Name of coach
Jacco Verhaeren [national], NED; Dean Boxall [club]
Training Regime
He swims between 60 and 70 kilometres a week. He incorporates yoga into his training regime.
International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Shanghai, CHN
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in 200m backstroke at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (results.gc2018.com, 01 Oct 2017)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (results.gc2018.com, 01 Oct 2017)
Hero / Idol
US Swimmer Aaron Peirsol. (results.gc2018.com, 01 Oct 2017)
Injuries
He suffered from glandular fever in 2010. (swimming.org.au, 01 May 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The will to win is the will to prepare to win. The harder you work, the sweeter the victory." (engineswim.com, 2013)
Awards and honours
He was named the International Swimming Federation [FINA] Male Swimmer of the Year in 2015. (olympics.nbcsports.com, 01 Feb 2016)

He was recognised with the Swimmer's Swimmer of the Year award at the 2015 Australian Swimmer of the Year Awards. (swimswam.com, 05 Sep 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (dailymail.co.uk, 21 Oct 2018)
Other information
REDUCED VISION
He is short-sighted but does not swim with the aid of contact lenses. "I'm short-sighted [myopic], so backstroke flags are fine but anything outside of five metres becomes quite blurry. I often touch the wall and don't know my time or position so I sometimes have to ask. Slowly, my eyes are getting a lot worse." He admits that his reduced vision can also be used as a positive, allowing him to remain focused at the biggest events. "I don't get distracted by the crowd because I can't really see it. The 2015 Kazan World Championships was a massive crowd. The 2016 Rio Olympics, same thing. I could just stay focused on what I could see which was what's around me, in the five meter radius." (fina.org, 30 Oct 2018)

COMMONWEALTH COMEBACK
He had questioned his swimming future after failing at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, but made a comeback after winning five gold medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. "I was very low, my confidence was at an absolute low. I've got a lot of pride in the way I swim and in some ways I was embarrassed in representing myself on that world stage [in 2017] and not doing my country proud. It's [winning five gold medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games] certainly sparked my confidence again and I love the way I'm swimming and it's fantastic. I know I'm not swimming super-fast world class times at the moment but it's all going to plan and obviously I'm building each swim from here to Tokyo [2020 Olympic Games]." (goldcoastbulletin.com.au, 11 Apr 2018)

CHANGE OF COACH
In September 2016 he announced that he was ending his nine-year partnership with St Peter's Western Swim Club and coach Michael Bohl. After trialling with several coaches, in January 2017 he joined coach Simon Cusack at Commercial Swimming Club in Brisbane, QLD, Australia. However, after seven months training under Cusack, he decided to return to St Peters Western and train with coach Dean Boxall. (swimswam.com, 28 Jan 2017; swimswam.com, 15 Sep 2016; theaustralian.com.au, 09 Sep 2017)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Backstroke 52.43
2 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Backstroke 1:53.96
3 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:29.93
8 2012 London, ENG 200m Backstroke 1:58.02 
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Backstroke 1:59.10
6 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Backstroke 53.24
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Backstroke 25.24
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
2 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:41.21
1 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Backstroke 1:53.58
4 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Backstroke 24.70
1 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Backstroke 52.40
2 2015 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:30.08
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Backstroke 1:59.34
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 400m Individual Medley 4:26.91
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 200m Individual Medley 2:04.57
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 200m Backstroke 2:00.52
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 200m Individual Medley 1:52.78
3 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 200m Backstroke 1:48.25
4 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Backstroke 49.46
Semifinal 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 50m Backstroke 23.22
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Individual Medley  DNS
8 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:24.65
8 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:33.19
7 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:38.69
4 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Backstroke 1:49.25 
9 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Backstroke 23.57 
1 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Backstroke 49.65
19 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Individual Medley 53.81 
2 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:23.56
4 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 6:53.72
1 2014 Doha, QAT 100m Backstroke 49.57
3 2014 Doha, QAT 200m Backstroke 1:48.35
5 2014 Doha, QAT 50m Backstroke 23.18
6 2014 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:22.86
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2018 Beijing, CHN 50m Backstroke 23.52
1 2018 Beijing, CHN 100m Backstroke 49.97
2 2018 Beijing, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:40.53
2 2018 Beijing, CHN 200m Backstroke 1:50.72
1 2018 Budapest, HUN 200m Backstroke 1:49.52
3 2018 Budapest, HUN 50m Backstroke 23.37
1 2018 Budapest, HUN 200m Individual Medley 1:52.96
1 2018 Budapest, HUN 100m Backstroke 49.96
1 2018 Doha, QAT 200m Backstroke 1:57.45
1 2018 Doha, QAT 200m Individual Medley 1:59.14
3 2018 Doha, QAT 50m Backstroke 25.15
1 2018 Doha, QAT 100m Backstroke 53.68
1 2018 Eindhoven, NED 200m Backstroke 1:49.75
1 2018 Eindhoven, NED 50m Backstroke 23.34
1 2018 Eindhoven, NED 100m Backstroke 50.08
1 2018 Kazan, RUS 200m Backstroke 1:57.23
1 2018 Kazan, RUS 200m Individual Medley 1:59.47
3 2018 Kazan, RUS 50m Backstroke 25.35
1 2018 Kazan, RUS 100m Backstroke 53.99
2 2018 Singapore, SGP 200m Backstroke 1:49.26
2 2018 Singapore, SGP 200m Individual Medley 1:52.21
2 2018 Singapore, SGP 100m Backstroke 49.38
2 2018 Tokyo, JPN 200m Backstroke 1:48.51
5 2018 Tokyo, JPN 50m Backstroke 23.48
7 2018 Tokyo, JPN 200m Individual Medley 1:57.54
2 2018 Tokyo, JPN 100m Backstroke 49.54
40 2017   Overall  
5 2017 Berlin, GER 100m Backstroke 50.87
7 2017 Berlin, GER 200m Backstroke 1:52.69
8 2017 Berlin, GER 200m Individual Medley 1:57.46
5 2017 Berlin, GER 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:41.14
3 2017 Eindhoven, NED 100m Backstroke 50.43
5 2017 Eindhoven, NED 50m Backstroke 23.80
7 2017 Eindhoven, NED 200m Individual Medley 1:57.61
2 2017 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:39.42
2 2017 Moscow, RUS 400m Individual Medley 4:07.93
6 2017 Moscow, RUS 200m Backstroke 1:53.30
8 2016   Overall  
3 2016 Berlin, GER 100m Backstroke 50.51
5 2016 Berlin, GER 100m Individual Medley 53.81
1 2016 Berlin, GER 200m Backstroke 1:48.81
4 2016 Berlin, GER 50m Backstroke 23.46
4 2016 Berlin, GER 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:42.28
2 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Backstroke 50.58
4 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 100m Individual Medley 53.33
3 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 50m Backstroke 23.71
1 2016 Hong Kong, CHN 200m Backstroke 1:50.33
2 2016 Moscow, RUS 50m Backstroke 23.34
1 2016 Moscow, RUS 100m Backstroke 49.62
4 2016 Moscow, RUS 100m Individual Medley 53.05
1 2016 Moscow, RUS 200m Backstroke 1:48.31
2 2016 Paris, FRA 100m Backstroke 50.54
4 2016 Paris, FRA 100m Individual Medley 53.39
1 2016 Singapore, SGP 100m Backstroke 50.25
1 2016 Singapore, SGP 200m Backstroke 1:50.22
3 2016 Singapore, SGP 50m Backstroke 23.29
1 2016 Tokyo, JPN 100m Backstroke 50.23
4 2016 Tokyo, JPN 50m Backstroke 23.47
2 2016 Tokyo, JPN 200m Backstroke 1:49.91
3 2016 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:41.29
18 2014   Overall  
2 2014 Beijing, CHN 100m Backstroke 50.37
2 2014 Beijing, CHN 50m Backstroke 23.41
1 2014 Beijing, CHN 200m Backstroke 1:48.69
3 2014 Tokyo, JPN 100m Backstroke 50.59
4 2014 Tokyo, JPN 50m Backstroke 23.64
2 2014 Tokyo, JPN 200m Backstroke 1:49.95
20 2013   Overall  
3 2013 Berlin, GER 100m Backstroke 50.54
3 2013 Berlin, GER 50m Backstroke 23.80
4 2013 Berlin, GER 200m Backstroke 1:51.21
3 2013 Eindhoven, NED 100m Backstroke 50.53
4 2013 Eindhoven, NED 50m Backstroke 23.96
5 2013 Eindhoven, NED 200m Backstroke 1:50.79
3 2013 Singapore, SGP 100m Backstroke 50.82
4 2013 Singapore, SGP 100m Individual Medley 52.98
4 2013 Singapore, SGP 50m Backstroke 23.64
2 2013 Singapore, SGP 200m Backstroke 1:51.67
3 2013 Singapore, SGP 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:34.78
5 2013 Singapore, SGP 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:44.23
3 2013 Tokyo, JPN 100m Backstroke 50.83
7 2013 Tokyo, JPN 100m Individual Medley 53.26
2 2013 Tokyo, JPN 200m Backstroke 1:49.89
3 2013 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:33.25