Matt Grevers Fit for FINA World Championships – Gold Medal Minute Video

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.  

See full coverage of the 2013 FINA World Championships here. 

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Is that a recent picture? Grevers looks even more enormous than usual. His chest is the size of a dinner platter for ten!


1. Unless Grevers wins 100/200 bac double in Rio and continues on to the 2020 olympics and wins the double again, no way Grevers can be “the greatest ever backstroker”. Grevers has never won a 200 back medal

2. Whether Peirsol is “the greatest ever backstroker” is still debatable. I personally think that title belongs to Roland Matthes.

Lane Four

I agree. That title has to go to Matthes. In his day NO ONE was within 1 1/2 seconds in the 100 and half a pool length behind in the 200.

Skip Thompson

The one guy that no has mentioned that should be in the conversation is Adolph Kiefer. That was the one swimmer that was compared to Roland Matthews when he was the dominate swimmer of his era. Because of WW II he and a lot of other swimmers were great and we will never know how good they could have been because there were no Olympics in 1940 and 1944. His backstroke records stood for 15 years and none of his backstroke records were broken until 1950, four years after his retirement from swimming, That in itself has not been done by anyone mentioned and that should be worth something.


I thought he did end up getting a spot on the 50 fly or back? Did he scratch out?

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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