Matt Grevers took gold in the event on Monday, making it a span of five straight gold medals – and 20 years – since someone other than an American has stood at the top of the podium in the event. Grevers and Nick Thoman made it the second straight Games in which the U.S. has taken gold and silver, after Grevers finished second to teammate Aaron Peirsol in Beijing in 2008. Grevers – who was expected to ascend to the 100-meter backstroke throne held by Peirsol for much of the last decade – set an Olympic record with Monday’s gold medal, going 52.16 seconds.
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Going into the turn in second place, Grevers throttled the final 50 meters and was the only swimmer to go under 27 seconds in that length. Thoman was close behind, pulling into second place and holding off Japan’s Ryosuke Irie in the final 10 meters and finishing at 52.92 seconds.Read More »from U.S. backstroke dominance continues with a one-two punch from Grevers and Thoman