Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre backstroke

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Men's 100 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Date July 29, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
July 30, 2012 (final)
Competitors 43 from 33 nations
Winning time 52.16 OR
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Japan
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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 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 29–30 July at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

On the wake of Aaron Peirsol's official retirement in 2011, U.S. swimmer Matt Grevers continued to build an American supremacy in the event by following the former champion's footsteps towards his first individual gold. He held off a challenge from France's Camille Lacourt down the final stretch to touch the wall first in a sterling time of 52.16, eclipsing Peirsol's 2008 Olympic record by 0.38 seconds.[2][3] Grevers also enjoyed his teammate Nick Thoman taking home the silver in 52.92, as the Americans climbed again on top of the podium for an eleventh time in the event's Olympic history and for a second straight 1–2 finish since 2008.[4][5] Moving from behind at the final turn, Japan's Ryosuke Irie came up with a stalwart swim to capture the bronze in 52.97.[6][7]

Leading the race early on the initial length, Lacourt dropped off the podium to a fourth-place time in 53.08. Great Britain's Liam Tancock (53.35), Germany's Helge Meeuw (53.48), Australia's defending bronze medalist Hayden Stoeckel (53.55), and China's Cheng Feiyi (53.77) also vied for an Olympic medal to round out the finale.[7][8][9]

Other notable swimmers featured Russian duo Arkady Vyatchanin, reigning Olympic bronze medalist, who missed the final roster with a ninth-place effort (53.79); and Vladimir Morozov, who later scratched the semifinals to focus on his 4×100 m freestyle relay duty, allowing Greece's three-time Olympian Aristeidis Grigoriadis to occupy his slot.[10][11]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Aaron Peirsol (USA) 51.94 Indianapolis, USA 8 July 2009 [12][13]
Olympic record  Aaron Peirsol (USA) 52.54 Beijing, China 12 August 2008 [14]

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
30 July Final Matt Grevers United States 52.16 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[15]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 4 Matt Grevers United States 52.92 Q
2 6 2 Cheng Feiyi China 53.22 Q, NR
3 4 4 Nick Thoman United States 53.48 Q
4 5 4 Camille Lacourt France 53.51 Q
5 6 5 Ryosuke Irie Japan 53.56 Q
6 6 7 Nick Driebergen Netherlands 53.62 Q, NR
7 4 5 Helge Meeuw Germany 53.83 Q
8 5 5 Liam Tancock Great Britain 53.86 Q
9 6 6 Hayden Stoeckel Australia 53.88 Q
10 4 2 Vladimir Morozov Russia 54.01 Q, WD
10 5 2 Arkady Vyatchanin Russia 54.01 Q
12 5 3 Jan-Philip Glania Germany 54.07 Q
13 5 8 Charles Francis Canada 54.08 Q
14 6 3 Gareth Kean New Zealand 54.26 Q
15 6 1 Daniel Arnamnart Australia 54.28 Q
16 4 3 Aschwin Wildeboer Faber Spain 54.32 Q
17 5 6 Aristeidis Grigoriadis Greece 54.52 Q
18 3 1 Pavel Sankovich Belarus 54.53 NR
19 3 5 Mirco di Tora Italy 54.70
20 3 7 Chris Walker-Hebborn Great Britain 54.78
21 3 4 He Jianbin China 54.81
22 3 3 Richárd Bohus Hungary 54.84
23 4 6 Bastiaan Lijesen Netherlands 54.88
24 4 1 Yakov-Yan Toumarkin Israel 54.91
25 4 7 Juan Miguel Rando Galvez Spain 54.93
26 3 8 Lavrans Solli Norway 55.00
27 5 1 Marcin Tarczyński Poland 55.06
28 4 8 Daniel Orzechowski Brazil 55.16
29 2 8 George Bovell Trinidad and Tobago 55.22 NR
30 3 2 Mathias Gydesen Denmark 55.31
31 5 7 Benjamin Stasiulis France 55.36
32 2 5 Omar Pinzón Colombia 55.37
33 6 8 Charl Crous South Africa 55.37
34 2 1 Pedro Medel Cuba 55.40 NR
35 2 2 Oleksandr Isakov Ukraine 55.43
36 2 7 Park Seon-Kwan South Korea 55.51
37 3 6 Daniel Bell New Zealand 55.53
38 2 4 Alexandr Tarabrin Kazakhstan 55.55
39 2 6 I Gede Siman Sudartawa Indonesia 55.99
40 1 4 Bradley Ally Barbados 56.27
41 2 3 Federico Grabich Argentina 56.56
42 1 5 Heshan Unamboowe Sri Lanka 57.94
43 1 3 Zane Jordan Zambia 58.77

Semifinals[edit]

[16]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Camille Lacourt France 53.03 Q
2 6 Liam Tancock Great Britain 53.25 Q
3 4 Cheng Feiyi China 53.50 Q
4 2 Arkady Vyatchanin Russia 53.79
5 3 Nick Driebergen Netherlands 53.81
6 8 Aristeidis Grigoriadis Greece 54.20
7 7 Charles Francis Canada 54.42
8 1 Daniel Arnamnart Australia 54.48

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Matt Grevers United States 52.66 Q
2 3 Ryosuke Irie Japan 53.29 Q
3 5 Nick Thoman United States 53.47 Q
4 6 Helge Meeuw Germany 53.52 Q
5 2 Hayden Stoeckel Australia 53.72 Q
6 7 Jan-Philip Glania Germany 53.90
7 8 Aschwin Wildeboer Faber Spain 53.99
8 1 Gareth Kean New Zealand 54.00

Final[edit]

[17]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st 4 Matt Grevers United States 52.16 OR
2nd 2 Nick Thoman United States 52.92
3rd 6 Ryosuke Irie Japan 52.97
4 5 Camille Lacourt France 53.08
5 3 Liam Tancock Great Britain 53.35
6 1 Helge Meeuw Germany 53.48
7 8 Hayden Stoeckel Australia 53.55
8 7 Cheng Feiyi China 53.77

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Grevers wins 100m backstroke gold". Reuters. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Americans Missy Franklin and Matt Grevers win gold in backstroke; Ryan Lochte falters". CBS News. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Lochte falters again, but Franklin, Grevers shine for U.S.". London 2012 (NBC Olympics). 30 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Auerbach, Nicole (30 July 2012). "Matt Grevers leads 1-2 sweep by Americans in 100 back". USA Today. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Kano, Shintaro (31 July 2012). "Irie, Terakawa, Suzuki haul in bronze from the pool". The Japan Times. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: Matt Grevers Sets Olympic Record in 100 Back Win; Nick Thoman Gives U.S. 1-2 Finish". Swimming World Magazine. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Spofforth, Tancock, and Renwick miss out". Team GB. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Frenchman continues to fry his opposition in the pool". The Age. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "2012 London Olympics: Matt Grevers Clears 53 To Lead Men's 100 Back Qualifying". Swimming World Magazine. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "2012 London Olympics: Matt Grevers Breaks 53 Seconds Again to Lead 100 Back Semisg". Swimming World Magazine. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Peirsol reclaims 100 back record". ESPN. 8 July 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Aaron Peirsol's stunning swim steals limelight from Michael Phelps". Guardian.co.uk. 9 July 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Dead-heat bronze for Stoeckel, Peirsol wins backstroke gold". ABC News. 12 August 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Men's 100m Backstroke – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "Men's 100m Backstroke – Semifinals". London 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "Men's 100m Backstroke – Final". London 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 

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