Matt Grevers gets U.S. a gold and sets new world record in 100m back stroke
Monday looked like a disastrous day for U.S. Swimming, it turned out to be a golden day for the Americans.
First, Missy Franklin won her gold medal earlier in the day and then Matt Grevers took home the gold in the 100-meter back stroke.
His winning time was 52.16 which was .38 seconds ahead of fellow American Aaron Piersol, who set the record in the 2008 Beijing summer Olympics.
Nick Thoman, who is also an American, finished with the silver medal and gave the U.S. a much needed 1-2 finish.
Thoman said that he and Grevers were ready even before the race had begun.
“Going into the ready room, we were both just sitting there and we shared a look and shared a thought,” Thoman said. “I think that was in both of our heads.”
Grevers said that he was overwhelmed with joy after winning and breaking the record.
“I feel incredible. It was something I wanted since I was 10 years old. I came so close in ‘08, getting silver,” Grevers said. “When Aaron Peirsol announced his retirement, I knew it was a great opportunity for me to step in those shoes and hopefully get a gold medal and I did it.”
The U.S. has turned an ugly day at the pool into a day people can remember.