Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre backstroke

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Men's 100 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Aquatics Center
Date August 10, 2008 (heats)
August 11, 2008 (semifinals)
August 12, 2008 (final)
Competitors 45 from 35 nations
Winning time 52.54 WR
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Australia
Bronze medal    Russia
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Swimming events at the
2008 Summer Olympics
Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
Freestyle
50 m   men   women
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Breaststroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Butterfly
100 m men women
200 m men women
Individual medley
200 m men women
400 m men women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m men women
4×200 m men women
Medley relay
4×100 m men women
Marathon
10 km men women

The men's 100 metre backstroke event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 10–12 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Aaron Peirsol established a new world record of 52.54 to defend his Olympic title in the event. His teammate Matt Grevers earned a silver in 53.11, giving the United States a one-two finish.[2][3] Meanwhile, Australia's Hayden Stoeckel and Russia's Arkady Vyatchanin, who both finished behind Grevers by 0.07 of a second, tied for the bronze medal in a matching time of 53.18.[4]

Stoeckel's teammate Ashley Delaney finished fifth in 53.31, while Great Britain's Liam Tancock, who led a field in the first 50 metres, faded only to sixth place in 53.39.[5] Spain's Aschwin Wildeboer Faber (53.51) and Japan's Junichi Miyashita (53.99) rounded out the finale. For the first time in Olympic history, all eight swimmers went faster than a winning time of 54.09, previously set by Peirsol in Athens four years earlier.[2]

Earlier, Grevers erased Peirsol's 2004 Olympic record of 53.45 to pick up a top seed in the prelims, until Stoeckel broke a 53-second barrier, and eventually lowered the record to 52.97 in the semifinals.[6]

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Aaron Peirsol (USA) 52.89 Omaha, USA 1 July 2008
Olympic record  Aaron Peirsol (USA) 53.45 Athens, Greece 21 August 2004

The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
August 10 Heat 4 Matt Grevers United States 53.41 OR
August 11 Semifinal 1 Arkady Vyatchanin Russia 53.06 OR
August 11 Semifinal 2 Hayden Stoeckel Australia 52.97 OR
August 12 Final Aaron Peirsol United States 52.54 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 4 Matt Grevers United States 53.41 Q, OR
2 4 5 Arkady Vyatchanin Russia 53.64 Q
3 6 4 Aaron Peirsol United States 53.65 Q
4 6 7 Aschwin Wildeboer Faber Spain 53.67 Q
5 3 5 Gerhardus Zandberg South Africa 53.75 Q, AF
6 6 5 Liam Tancock Great Britain 53.85 Q
7 5 3 Hayden Stoeckel Australia 53.93 Q
8 3 8 Ľuboš Križko Slovakia 54.07 Q, NR
9 5 5 Ashley Delaney Australia 54.08 Q
10 5 2 Junichi Miyashita Japan 54.12 Q
11 4 2 Stanislav Donets Russia 54.18 Q
12 4 3 Tomomi Morita Japan 54.21 Q
13 6 3 Markus Rogan Austria 54.22 Q
14 6 1 Mirco Di Tora Italy 54.39 Q
15 5 1 Guy Barnea Israel 54.50 Q
16 5 6 Gregor Tait Great Britain 54.62 Q
17 4 6 Aristeidis Grigoriadis Greece 54.71
18 3 4 Damiano Lestingi Italy 54.78
19 5 4 Helge Meeuw Germany 54.88
20 6 2 Guilherme Guido Brazil 54.89
20 6 8 Răzvan Florea Romania 54.89
22 4 8 George Du Rand South Africa 54.90
23 3 7 Sung Min South Korea 54.99
24 4 1 Gordan Kožulj Croatia 55.05
25 3 3 Benjamin Stasiulis France 55.08
26 2 6 Omar Pinzón Colombia 55.11
27 3 6 Jonathan Massacand Switzerland 55.21 NR
28 4 7 Nick Driebergen Netherlands 55.31
29 2 5 Pavel Sankovich Belarus 55.39
30 3 1 Derya Büyükuncu Turkey 55.43
31 5 8 Jake Tapp Canada 55.54
32 3 2 Vytautas Janušaitis Lithuania 55.65
33 6 6 Thomas Rupprath Germany 55.77
34 5 7 Marko Strahija Croatia 55.89
35 2 4 Örn Arnarson Iceland 56.15
36 2 3 Roland Rudolf Hungary 56.25
37 2 2 Sun Xiaolei China 56.44
38 2 8 Oleksandr Isakov Ukraine 56.55
39 1 4 Danil Bugakov Uzbekistan 56.59
40 2 7 Eduardo Germán Otero Argentina 56.74
41 2 1 Tomáš Fučík Czech Republic 57.29
42 1 5 Stanislav Osinsky Kazakhstan 57.42
43 1 3 Jared Heine Marshall Islands 58.86
44 1 2 Souhaib Kalala Syria 1:00.24
45 1 6 Rubel Mohammad Rana Bangladesh 1:04.82

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Arkady Vyatchanin Russia 53.06 Q, OR, EU
2 5 Aschwin Wildeboer Faber Spain 53.51 Q
3 3 Liam Tancock Great Britain 53.61 Q
4 2 Junichi Miyashita Japan 53.69 Q, AS
5 7 Tomomi Morita Japan 53.95
6 8 Gregor Tait Great Britain 54.37
7 6 Ľuboš Križko Slovakia 54.38
8 1 Mirco Di Tora Italy 54.92

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 Hayden Stoeckel Australia 52.97 Q, OR
2 4 Matt Grevers United States 52.99 Q
3 5 Aaron Peirsol United States 53.56 Q
4 2 Ashley Delaney Australia 53.76 Q
5 1 Markus Rogan Austria 53.80
6 3 Gerhardus Zandberg South Africa 53.98
7 7 Stanislav Donets Russia 54.57
8 8 Guy Barnea Israel 54.93

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 2 Aaron Peirsol United States 52.54 WR
2 5 Matt Grevers United States 53.11
3 3 Arkady Vyatchanin Russia 53.18
3 4 Hayden Stoeckel Australia 53.18
5 8 Ashley Delaney Australia 53.31
6 7 Liam Tancock Great Britain 53.39 NR
7 6 Aschwin Wildeboer Faber Spain 53.51
8 1 Junichi Miyashita Japan 53.99

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