The Day Aaron Peirsol Joined The World Record Club At The Start Of Long Reign

Fine start (this one at practice in 2005) and by the finish a brilliant career for Aaron Peirsol - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the first world record set by Aaron Peirsol. We take the moment to republish the feature that celebrated the American backstroke ace’s arrival in the International Swimming Hall of Fame last year. On this day back in 2002, two years beyond Olympic silver at 17 years of age, Piersol clocked 1:55.15 over 200m backstroke in Minneapolis. The mark sliced a chunk off the 1:55.87 at which the 2000 Olympic champion, teammate Lenny Krazelburg, had held the standard since the Sydney showdown. A tribute from the archive

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