Peirsol sets men's world mark, Coughlin 1st woman to defend 100 back
BEIJING -- Aaron Peirsol won the men's Olympic 100-meter backstroke on Tuesday, defending his title with a world-record time and extending the United States' dominance of the event.
Peirsol touched in 52.54 seconds, lowering his old mark of 52.89 set at last month's U.S. trials.
"It never gets old," said Peirsol, who swept the backstroke golds in Athens and will try to do the same in Beijing. "It really does feel like the first time."
Teammate Matt Grevers earned the ...
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