Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre backstroke
|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|
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. 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.
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. 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.
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.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Aaron Peirsol (USA)||52.89||Omaha, United States||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.
|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, OR|
|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|
|6||8||Gregor Tait||Great Britain||54.37|
|8||1||Mirco Di Tora||Italy||54.92|
|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|
|6||3||Gerhard Zandberg||South Africa||53.98|
|2||Aaron Peirsol||United States||52.54||WR|
|5||Matt Grevers||United States||53.11|
|6||7||Liam Tancock||Great Britain||53.39||NR|
|7||6||Aschwin Wildeboer Faber||Spain||53.51|
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