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.