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Aaron Peirsol

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 5
Silver 2
Bronze 0
Total 7
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameAaron Wells•Peirsol
Used nameAaron•Peirsol
Born23 July 1983 in Irvine, California (USA)
Measurements191 cm / 91 kg
AffiliationsIrvine Novaquatics, Irvine (USA) / Texas Longhorns, Austin (USA)
NOC United States

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).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
2000 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Aaron Peirsol
200 metres Backstroke, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
2004 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Aaron Peirsol
100 metres Backstroke, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
200 metres Backstroke, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
2008 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Aaron Peirsol
100 metres Backstroke, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
200 metres Backstroke, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
2004 Summer Olympics 18 August 2004 Swimming (Aquatics) 200 metres Backstroke, Men Semi-Finals, Heat Two 1:55.14 1
2004 Summer Olympics 19 August 2004 Swimming (Aquatics) 200 metres Backstroke, Men Final 1:54.95 1
2004 Summer Olympics 21 August 2004 Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Backstroke, Men Final 53.45 WR 1
2004 Summer Olympics 21 August 2004 Swimming (Aquatics) 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men Final 3:30.68 WR 1
2008 Summer Olympics 12 August 2008 Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Backstroke, Men Final 52.54 WR 1
2008 Summer Olympics 17 August 2008 Swimming (Aquatics) 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men Final 3:29.34 WR 1

Special Notes