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Murphy extends U.S. streak with 100 back gold

The United States' winning streak in the 100-meter backstroke continued Monday as Ryan Murphy won in an Olympic-record 51.97 seconds for the Americans' sixth straight gold medal in the event.

China's Jiayu Xu finished second (52.31), while 30-year-old American David Plummer took home bronze (52.40) at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Barra's Olympic Park.

Plummer, a first-time Olympian at age 30, became the fourth-oldest swimmer, male or female, to medal in a Games debut and the oldest to do so since 1912.

Ryan Murphy, fourth at the turn Monday night in the 100-meter backstroke final, rallied on the return leg with Australia's Mitch Larkin setting the early pace. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Murphy, fourth at the turn, rallied on the return leg with Australia's Mitch Larkin setting the early pace.

Larkin couldn't hold on and finished three-hundredths of a second behind Plummer.

The Americans haven't lost the men's 100 back since the 1992 Barcelona Games.

Men's 200-meter freestyle

Sun Yang of China defied those who complained about his doping past by winning a gold.

Yang rallied from his customarily slow start to pass South Africa's Chas le Clos and hold off American Conor Dwyer, touching the wall in 1 minute, 44.65 seconds.

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Le Clos, who recently announced that both of his parents are battling cancer, went out with a totally different strategy. He built a body-length lead over the entire field and tried to hang on. It nearly worked.

But Yang surged to the front, and Le Clos took silver in 1:45.20.

Dwyer claimed the bronze in 1:45.23.

ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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