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FINA World Championships, Swimming: Junya Koga Walks Through Aaron Peirsol's Void in the 100 Back to Title -- July 28, 2009

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ROME, Italy, July 28. WITH world record holder Aaron Peirsol watching from the stands after a miscalculation during semifinals, Japan's Junya Koga raced to the second-fastest time in the men's 100 back ever at the FINA World Championships.


Koga clocked a 52.26 to finish behind Peirsol's world record of 51.94 and ahead of Aschwin Wildeboer's 52.38 from June. Koga beat his own meet record of 52.39 set during earlier heats.

Germany's Helge Meeuw claimed silver in 52.54, while Wildeboer completed the podium with a third-place time of 52.64.

Japan's Ryosuke Irie (52.73), Great Britain's Liam Tancock (52.73), Russia's Arkady Vyatchanin (52.87), the United States' Matt Grevers (53.14) and Greece's Aristeidis Grigoriadis (53.43) also competed for the title in the finale.


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July 28, 2009 I hope the Americans are right next to Japan on the medley relay so that Peirsol can swim right next to Koga as he crushes the world champ and obliterates his own world record.
Submitted by: SwimDER94
July 28, 2009 Yes, Matt Grevers needed to swim faster than that to earn a spot on that relay. He needs to let the coaches know that he wants to put his country before himself, so as to make any decisions the coaches have to make easier. Without Peirsol the US can kiss any chance of the gold goodbye, and at the moment the US needs to maximize every medal chance.
Submitted by: Cobber
July 28, 2009 Yeah, that´s what I was thinking, Peirsol swimming in the finals of the relay and crushing the world record...I had a bad feeling yesterday but he totally miscalculated, his finish was horrible thinking he was ahead
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