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Aaron Peirsol performs an energetic swim to win gold and defend his Olympic title in 100m backstroke to the delight of the audience. The three time Olympian, finishes in world record time ahead of his compatriot Matt Grevers. Vyatchanin and Stoeckel share the bronze. This 1st place gives Piersol his 6th Olympic title. Swimming Men's 100m Backstroke Final - World Record (52.54) - Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics - Aaron Peirsol (USA), Matt Grevers (USA), Hayden Stoeckel (AUS), Arkady Vyatchanin (RUS)