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Swimming at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing
Date Started: August 10, 2008
Date Finished: August 12, 2008

Gold: USA Aaron Peirsol
Silver: USA Matt Grevers
Bronze: RUS Arkady Vyachanin
AUS Hayden Stoeckel

Summary

Aaron Peirsol, the 2004 Olympic champion had only suffered a handful of defeats in backstroke races since the Sydney Olympics and arrived in Athens having broken the world record at the US trials. Piersol's progress to the final was less flamboyant than some of his rivals which meant he started the final only as the fifth fastest qualifier. At the fifty-metre mark he appeared out of the title reckoning as he trailed the leaders by half a second but a late race surge took him past his tiring rivals and through to the gold medal with a big margin of 0.57 seconds. The clock stopped at a new world record mark of 52.54 seconds. Behind him finished fellow American Matt Grevers and, in a tie for third, Hayden Stoeckel of Australia and Arkady Vyachanin of Russia.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Aaron Peirsol 25 United States USA Gold WR
2 Matt Grevers 23 United States USA Silver
3T Arkady Vyachanin 24 Russia RUS Bronze
3T Hayden Stoeckel 23 Australia AUS Bronze
5 Ash Delaney 22 Australia AUS
6 Liam Tancock 23 Great Britain GBR
7 Aschwin Wildeboer 22 Spain ESP
8 Junichi Miyashita 24 Japan JPN
9 Markus Rogan 26 Austria AUT
10 Tomomi Morita 23 Japan JPN
11 Gerhard Zandberg 25 South Africa RSA
12 Gregor Tait 29 Great Britain GBR
13 Ľuboš Križko 28 Slovakia SVK
14 Stanislav Donets 25 Russia RUS
15 Mirco Di Tora 22 Italy ITA
16 Guy Barnea 20 Israel ISR
17 Aristidis Grigoriadis 22 Greece GRE
18 Damiano Lestingi 19 Italy ITA
19 Helge Meeuw 23 Germany GER
20T Guilherme Guido 21 Brazil BRA
20T Răzvan Florea 27 Romania ROU
22 George du Rand 25 South Africa RSA
23 Seong Min 25 South Korea KOR
24 Gordan Kožulj 31 Croatia CRO
25 Benjamin Stasiulis 22 France FRA
26 Omar Pinzón 19 Colombia COL
27 Jonathan Massacand 24 Switzerland SUI
28 Nick Driebergen 20 Netherlands NED
29 Pavel Sankovich 18 Belarus BLR
30 Derya Büyükuncu 32 Turkey TUR
31 Jake Tapp 20 Canada CAN
32 Vytautas Janušaitis 26 Lithuania LTU
33 Thomas Rupprath 31 Germany GER
34 Marko Strahija 33 Croatia CRO
35 Örn Arnarson 26 Iceland ISL
36 Roland Rudolf 23 Hungary HUN
37 Sun Xiaolei 22 China CHN
38 Oleksandr Isakov 18 Ukraine UKR
39 Danil Bugakov 20 Uzbekistan UZB
40 Eduardo Otero 28 Argentina ARG
41 Tomáš Fučik 23 Czech Republic CZE
42 Stanislav Osinsky 24 Kazakhstan KAZ
43 Jared Heine 23 Marshall Islands MHL
44 Souhaib Kalala 17 Syria SYR
45 Mohammed Rana 25 Bangladesh BAN