American Matthew Grevers powered to gold in the men’s 100 metres backstroke final Monday, setting a new Olympic record along the way.
That easily bettered Aaron Piersol’s 2008 Olympic record of 52.54, when Grevers took the silver.
“It feels incredible. I came so close back in 2008 and when Aaron retired I knew I stood a chance.”
Grevers’ teammate Nick Thoman claimed the silver in 52.92 seconds, with the bronze going to Japan’s Ryosuke Irie, who was a split second back.
Thoman said there were no hard feelings losing out to a teammate.
“We are all members of team USA. They’re great teammates and we all help push each other. They’re great guys and this result is down to everyone,” said Thoman, a World Champion in the 4×100-metre medley.
Home favourite Liam Tancock, the world record holder in the 50 metres backstroke, could only manage fifth.