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FINA World Championships, Swimming: Flash! Aaron Peirsol Crushes World Record, Breaks 1:52 -- July 31, 2009

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ROME, Italy, July 31. IN a high-profile battle to prove whether Aaron Peirsol is still the undisputed backstroke king, he came up aces in the men's 200 back finale at the FINA World Championships.


With Japan's Ryosuke Irie and compatriot Ryan Lochte lurking to take his crown, Peirsol not only beat his official world record of 1:53.08, but blasted right through the 1:52 barrier with an astounding 1:51.92. That swim also smashed the uncrowned world record (1:52.86) of Irie, which Irie clocked in a then-unapproved suit.

Here are the comparative splits between Peirsol's official records:
Tonight: 26.52, 54.90 (28.38), 1:23.30 (28.40), 1:51.92 (28.62)
July: 26.82, 55.18 (28.36), 1:24.06 (28.88), 1:53.08 (29.02)

Irie overtook Lochte down the stretch to clock a 1:52.51, under his previous personal best and Peirsol's official world record. Meanwhile, Lochte grabbed bronze with a 1:53.82 after going out under world record pace.

Russia's Arkady Vyatchanin (1:54.75), Spain's Aschwin Wildeboer (1:54.92), Russia's Stanislav Donets (1:55.36), Poland's Radoslaw Kawecki (1:55.60) and South Africa's George Du Rand (1:56.63) also swam in the final.


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July 31, 2009 Universal Sports is killing me! The Live stream won't start.

Anyway, awesome swim by Peirsol. He finally brought up his 200 to match his 100 prowess - I guess it needed a serious challenge from Irie and his 'miscalculation' to bring it out. Probably the only one who can seriously challenge him now is Irie.
Submitted by: mario2007
July 31, 2009 Universal Sports is killing me! The Live stream won't start.

Anyway, awesome swim by Peirsol. He finally brought up his 200 to match his 100 prowess - I guess it needed a serious challenge from Irie and his 'miscalculation' to bring it out. Probably the only one who can seriously challenge him now is Irie.
Submitted by: mario2007
July 31, 2009 from the splits, it looks like lochte died that last 50
Submitted by: ucswim
July 31, 2009 I saw that too, ucswim. I think Lochte's strategy was unlike his usual back half pattern; he figured that given he was the underdog and how fast the other two were likely to swim, he might have his only chance by taking it out and try to hang on. But the result turned out about the same. But it still was his best time, I think, and in a LZR too. He'll be fresher for the 400 IM since he has tomorrow off.
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