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

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]

Men's 100 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
VenueLondon Aquatics Centre
DateJuly 29, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
July 30, 2012 (final)
Competitors43 from 33 nations
Winning time52.16 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Matt Grevers  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Nick Thoman  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ryosuke Irie  Japan
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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, Jamaica's Sean Paul 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]

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RecordsEdit

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

World record   Aaron Peirsol (USA) 51.94 Indianapolis, United States 8 July 2009
Olympic record   Aaron Peirsol (USA) 52.54 Beijing, China 12 August 2008

The following records were established during the competition:

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

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

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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
5 2 Arkady Vyatchanin   Russia 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 54.36 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

SemifinalsEdit

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Semifinal 1Edit

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 2Edit

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

FinalEdit

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Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  4 Matt Grevers   United States 52.16 OR
  2 Nick Thoman   United States 52.92
  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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swimming: Results & Schedules". London 2012. NBC Olympics. 29 July 2012. Archived from the original on 3 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  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.[permanent dead link]
  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. Archived from the original on 2013-01-28. 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. Archived from the original on 2012-10-04. 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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