USA’s Aaron Piersol set a new 200 meter backstroke long course world record at the U.S. Nationals yesterday evening, with a time of 1:53.08 where Ryan Locthe’s world record from Beijing 2008 was 1:53.94. Read SwimInfo.com
USA’s Aaron Piersol became first man under 50 seconds in the 100 meter long course backstroke, when he yesterday swam 51.94 at the U.S. Nationals, where Aschwin Wildeboer Faber’s world record from last week was 52.38. Read swimmingworldmagazine.com.
Spain’s Aschwin Wildeboer set a new long course 100 backstroke world record today, at the Mediterranean Games in Pescara, with a time of 52.38, where Aaron Piersol’s world record was 52.54. Read SwimNews.com
Aaron Piersol bettered his 100 backstroke world record from 52.89 at U.S. Trials to 52.54 now in Bejing, and Michael Phelps improved similarily his 200 freestyle world record from 1:43.86 to 1:42.96. Sources: SwimInfo here and here
On July 4th, Aaron Piersol tied Ryan Lochte’s 200 backstroke world record, and Phelps set a new 200 IM world record in the time of 1:54.80. Lochte swam 1:54.34 in the 200 backstroke, and 1:55.22 in the 200 IM (third fastest time in history).
In a Grand Prix meet at Santa Clara, Calif., Phelps won the 100 backstroke in 54.03 seconds. World record-holder Aaron Peirsol, the reigning Olympic champion, was second in 54.36. It was the first time Phelps had ever beaten Peirsol in backstroke.