Matt Grevers is the fastest man in 100 backstroke history, though he doesn’t own the World Record. The 52.08 he put down at the 2012 US Olympic Trials was unaided by one of the sausage suits, the rocket science tech swimsuits that downed endless world records back in 2009. Aaron Peirsol, now retired, is still considered the greatest overall backstroker in history, and he does own the tech suit-aided 51.94 100 backstroke world record. Grevers, if he continues to perform over the next three years, “could” unseat Peirsol as the greatest backstroker ever (but I’ll leave that conclusion to the swimswam commenters who often add great depth on insight on these topics).
At the 2013 FINA World Championships, Grevers will swim the 4×100 freestyle relay, 100 backstroke and potentially the 4×100 medley relay. Grevers has tough competition from home, the U.S., as David Plummer outtouched him at the US World Championship Trials in the 100 backstroke. Grevers and Plummer are old rivals, having competed against each other for over a decade.
At 2013 FINA World Championships expect strong swims from France’s Jeremy Stravius, Japan’s Ryosuke Irie and Kosuke Hagino.
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