INDIANAPOLIS, IN, October 10. THOMAS Rupprath has swum the men’s short course 50 backstroke faster than any person in history, and now he is world champion as well. His :23.51 edged out official world record holder Matt Welsh of Australia, who finished at :23.60.
Peter Marshall (USA) won the bronze at :23.93 as the real sprinters of the backstroke discipline shut out some guy named Peirsol from the medal podium. Aaron had to be satisfied with fourth at :24.03, actually a pretty decent swim for a guy who is best at 100 and 200 meter backstroke distances.
Rupprath swam :23.23 at a German short course meet last November, faster than Welsh’s world mark of :23.31, but for some reason Rupprath’s mark has not been officially ratified by FINA or LEN.
– D. Scott