By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Monday August 11, 2008
BEIJING (AP) -- Aaron Peirsol has won the men's Olympic 100-meter
backstroke, defending his title with a world-record time and
extending the United States' dominance of the event.

Peirsol touched in 52.54 seconds, lowering his old mark of 52.89
set at last month's U.S. trials. Teammate Matt Grevers earned the silver in 53.11. Arkady Vyatchanin of Russia and Hayden Stoeckel of Australia tied for the bronze in 53.18.

The U.S. has won the men's 100 back at four consecutive
Olympics, with Peirsol taking the title in Athens in a time that
was 0.17 second slower.

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