Short Court World Championships, Day Four Finals: Rupprath Fastest in Field of Fast-twitch Backstrokers -- October 10, 2004
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