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Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Ryan Murphy: 'I do think there is doping in swimming'

·Anchor, Editor-at-Large
·2-min read

U.S. Tokyo Olympics star swimmer Ryan Murphy remains concerned about the state of competitive swimming. 

"I think context is really important. After the race I was asked a really specific question about doping in swimming, and I answered that question honestly. I do think there is doping in swimming," Murphy said on Yahoo Finance Live, citing extensive research on the topic by the CEO of the United States Anti-Doping Agency Travis Tygart.

Murphy made a few headlines at the game (besides those from winning a gold medal in the 4x100 medley relay, a silver in the 200m backstroke and bronze in the 100m backstroke) after implying in an interview that the integrity of the 200m backstroke was compromised by doping. Murphy finished in second place to Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) swimmer Evgeny Rylov in the race. 

Russia has been besieged by doping scandals among its athletes in recent years. 

Murphy sought to clarify his comments. 

"I didn't specifically name any country. I didn't name a specific swimmer. It's disappointing that, to me, that it was taken in that way. And so I have connected with Evgeny Rylov offline and we have had some good conversations. And I am really looking forward to seeing how the sport improves. I think there is definitely room to grow and I look forward to being a part of that," Murphy added.

Ryan Murphy, of the United States, swims in a men's 200-meter backstroke semifinal at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Ryan Murphy, of the United States, swims in a men's 200-meter backstroke semifinal at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Now back home from the Tokyo Olympics, Murphy is focusing on his partnership with Bridgestone to support adaptive sports organizations. Bridgestone is donating $125,000 to these organizations to help fund grants for equipment, training and local programs for young athletes. Murphy will be joining other Bridgestone athletes to participate in events that help encourage young athletes.

Murphy is also eyeing the next summer Olympics, which will be held in Paris in 2024. 

"I can't wait, can't wait. I am really looking forward to these next couple of years. I love this sport. I am really motivated, and hopefully team U.S.A. is going to be great out there," Murphy said.

Brian Sozzi is an editor-at-large and anchor at Yahoo Finance. Follow Sozzi on Twitter @BrianSozzi and on LinkedIn.

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