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Swimming at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatic Centre, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Athina
Date Started: August 15, 2004
Date Finished: August 16, 2004

Gold: USA Aaron Peirsol
Silver: AUT Markus Rogan
Bronze: JPN Tomomi Morita


With world champion Lea Loveless missing out on a place on the US team, the eyes of the world focused on the 21-year-old Japanese swimmer [Mai Nakamura] as a possible Olympic champion.

Nakamura had placed second behind Loveless at the 1998 worlds and arrived at Sydney as Pan-Pacific champion.

Another strong medal contender was Nina Zhivanevskaya who had won a hat-trick of European titles just a few months before the Olympics. Originally from Russia, she had been an Olympic medal winner as part of the Unified team but had married a Spaniard and gained Spanish citizenship in 1999.

Both women made the Olympic podium in Sydney but the top step was reserved for the 16-year-old Diana Mocanu of Romania. That Mocanu should do well at the Olympics was not a complete surprise but a victory was deemed to be unlikely. Nakamura took the first part of the race at breakneck speed and was well under world record splits at halfway. The Japanese swimmer still led with 25 metres to go but she began to pay for her fast start and, as she faded, Mocanu came through to record the first victory by a Romania swimmer in an Olympic final.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Aaron Peirsol 21 United States USA Gold
2 Markus Rogan 22 Austria AUT Silver
3 Tomomi Morita 19 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Lenny Krayzelburg 28 United States USA
5 Matt Welsh 27 Australia AUS
6 László Cseh, Jr. 18 Hungary HUN
7 Steffen Driesen 22 Germany GER
8 Marco di Carli 19 Germany GER
9 Arkady Vyachanin 20 Russia RUS
10 Răzvan Florea 23 Romania ROU
11 Ouyang Kunpeng 21 China CHN
12 Gregor Tait 25 Great Britain GBR
13 Gerhard Zandberg 21 South Africa RSA
14 Gordan Kožulj 27 Croatia CRO
15 Alex Lim 23 Malaysia MAS
16 Simon Dufour 25 France FRA
17T Aristidis Grigoriadis 18 Greece GRE
17T Josh Watson 27 Australia AUS
19 Yevgeny Alyoshin 25 Russia RUS
20 Ryan Pini 22 Papua New Guinea PNG
21 Pierre Roger 20 France FRA
22 Cam Gibson 21 New Zealand NZL
23 Adam Mania 20 Poland POL
24 Darius Grigalionis 27 Lithuania LTU
25 Nicky Neckles 25 Barbados BAR
26 Derya Büyükuncu 28 Turkey TUR
27T Ľuboš Križko 25 Slovakia SVK
27T Matt Rose 23 Canada CAN
27T Volodymyr Nikolaichuk 29 Ukraine UKR
30 Seong Min 21 South Korea KOR
31 Ahmed Hussain 21 Egypt EGY
32 Paulo Maurício Machado 26 Brazil BRA
33 Eduardo Otero 24 Argentina ARG
34 Péter Horváth 29 Hungary HUN
35 Aschwin Wildeboer 18 Spain ESP
36 Matti Mäki 22 Finland FIN
37 George Gleason 25 United States Virgin Islands ISV
38 Chris Vythoulkas 20 Bahamas BAH
39 Brendan Ashby 24 Zimbabwe ZIM
40 Igor Beretić 23 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
41 Stanislav Osinsky 20 Kazakhstan KAZ
42 Alexandru Ivlev 23 Moldova MDA
43 Danil Bugakov 16 Uzbekistan UZB
44 Omar Abu-Fares 19 Jordan JOR