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Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

Swimming at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: July 29, 2012
Date Finished: July 30, 2012

Gold: USA Matt Grevers
Silver: USA Nick Thoman
Bronze: JPN Ryosuke Irie

Summary

Aaron Peirsol had won the last two gold medals in this event but had retired, so the event seemed much more open. The 2011 World Championship had ended in a tie between two Frenchmen, Camille Lacourt and Jérémy Stravius. Including Peirsol, the last four titles in this event had been won by Americans who were led in London by Matt Grevers, the 2008 silver medalist behind Peirsol.

The final turned into a battle between Lacourt and Grevers with Lacourt leading at the turn in 25.31, actually ahead of Peirsol's world-record split, but he could not maintain that pace and Grevers came on strong to win in an Olympic record 52.16, the fastest ever textile time. It was the fifth straight gold medal for the United States in the event and came only a few minutes after Missy Franklin had won the women's 100 back. Lacourt fell apart in the closing metres of the race, dropping off the podium to fourth place, as the silver went to American Nick Thoman in 52.92, with Japan's Ryosuke Irie winning bronze in 52.97.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Matt Grevers 27 United States USA Gold
2 Nick Thoman 26 United States USA Silver
3 Ryosuke Irie 22 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Camille Lacourt 27 France FRA
5 Liam Tancock 27 Great Britain GBR
6 Helge Meeuw 27 Germany GER
7 Hayden Stoeckel 27 Australia AUS
8 Cheng Feiyi 21 China CHN
9 Arkady Vyachanin 28 Russia RUS
10 Nick Driebergen 24 Netherlands NED
11 Jan-Philip Glania 23 Germany GER
12 Aschwin Wildeboer 26 Spain ESP
13 Gareth Kean 20 New Zealand NZL
14 Aristidis Grigoriadis 26 Greece GRE
15 Charles Francis 23 Canada CAN
16 Daniel Arnamnart 22 Australia AUS
17 Vladimir Morozov 20 Russia RUS
18 Pavel Sankovich 22 Belarus BLR
19 Mirco Di Tora 26 Italy ITA
20 Chris Walker-Hebborn 22 Great Britain GBR
21 He Jianbin 19 China CHN
22 Richárd Bohus 19 Hungary HUN
23 Bastiaan Lijesen 21 Netherlands NED
24 Yakov Toumarkin 20 Israel ISR
25 Juan Miguel Rando 24 Spain ESP
26 Lavrans Solli 20 Norway NOR
27 Marcin Tarczyński 21 Poland POL
28 Daniel Orzechowski 27 Brazil BRA
29 George Bovell 29 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
30 Mathias Gydesen 23 Denmark DEN
31 Benjamin Stasiulis 26 France FRA
32T Omar Pinzón 23 Colombia COL
32T Charl Crous 21 South Africa RSA
34 Pedro Medel 20 Cuba CUB
35 Oleksandr Isakov 22 Ukraine UKR
36 Park Seon-Gwan 21 South Korea KOR
37 Daniel Bell 22 New Zealand NZL
38 Aleksandr Tarabrin 27 Kazakhstan KAZ
39 I Gede Sudartawa 17 Indonesia INA
40 Bradley Ally 25 Barbados BAR
41 Federico Grabich 22 Argentina ARG
42 Heshan Unamboowe 20 Sri Lanka SRI
43 Zane Jordan 21 Zambia ZAM