Peirsol: WR 52.54 To Retain 100m Back Crown
Craig Lord
The defending champion is sidling up to Roland Matthes (GDR) in the race for greatest backstroke success of all-time. Not quite there yet but what a thriller!

Aaron Peirsol (USA) retained his 100m backstroke crown in a world record of 52.54 off a split of 25.65. Giant of a teammate Matt Grevers was just 0.03sec back at the turn but could not withstand the assault launched by the champion on the way home: 26.89 to 27.43. Grevers held on for silver in 53.11, with Arklady Vyatchanin (RUS) taking a shared bronze in 53.18 with Hayden Stoeckel (AUS).

  • The splits: 25.65; 52.54
  • Former splits (Omaha July 1, 2008: 25.60; 52.89.