Games & medals

Games Results Sport Event
Beijing 2008
Games Results Sport Event
Beijing 2008
#1
Swimming 100 metres Backstroke
#2
Swimming 200 metres Backstroke
#1
Swimming 4 x 100 metres Medley Relay
Athens 2004
Games Results Sport Event
Athens 2004
#1
Swimming 100 metres Backstroke
#1
Swimming 200 metres Backstroke
#1
Swimming 4 x 100 metres Medley Relay
Sydney 2000
Games Results Sport Event
Sydney 2000
#2
Swimming 200 metres Backstroke

Aaron PEIRSOL

United States of America
Swimming
Height
191 cm / 6'3''
Weight
91 kg / 200 pounds
Birth date
23 Jul 1983 Irvine, United States of America
Gender
Male

Number of medals

7 Olympic medals

Olympic Games

3 Olympic Games

Aaron PEIRSOL biography

Throughout the first decade of the 21st centry, Aaron Peirsol was the top backstroke swimmer in the world. After débuting internationally at the Sydney Olympics at the age of 17 (claiming a silver medal in the 200 m backstroke behind Lenny Krayzelburg), Aaron Peirsol won five Olympic gold medals, 10 long-course World Championships, and another 6 in the short course pool. Peirsol won the backstroke double (100 and 200 m) at the 2004 Olympics, as well as the 2003 and 2005 World Championships, adding golds in the medley relay each time. Peirsol's second gold in Athens, in the 200 m, was won with an overwhelming 2.5 second margin over second-placed Markus Rogan. However, when the results popped onto the screen, Peirsol was shown as having been disqualified, supposedly for having made an improper turn. However, the lane judge filed the violation incorrectly, and within half an hour the decision was overturned. This then prompted protests from the Austrians (for Rogan) and British (for 4th place James Goddard), but these were denied by the FINA. In 2008, Peirsol tried for a second Olympic triple in Beijing, but was denied in the 200 m by compatriot Ryan Lochte. Two years later, Peirsol closed out his career, at that time holding world records in both backstroke events (long course), having bettered these a total of 13 times.

Personal Bests\: 100 backstroke – 51.94 (2009); 200 backstroke – 1:51.92 (2009).

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