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Aaron’s back on top

Super-suits — who needs them? Certainly not Aaron Peirsol.

Swimming at the US World Championships trials in Indiana, the Beijing Olympian reclaimed the 100 metre backstroke world record with a time of 51.94 seconds on Wednesday.

Peirsol, 25, had seen his world record of 52.54 beaten by Spain’s Aschwin Wildeboer Faber (52.38) in Pescara, Italy earlier this month.

In doing so Wildeboer Faber’s performance had ended the American’s near five-year reign as world record-holder, but for just a week.

Peirsol swam in a version of the Speedo LZR Racer which left his torso bare. He said the new polyeurethane super-suits didn’t tempt him, nor did the LZR full bodysuit. “It just wasn’t for me,” he told AFP. “I’m not saying it doesn’t work for other people. I wanted to do what I was comfortable with. This was good enough.”

“I thought I could do something special tonight, and I’m glad I could,” said Peirsol.

Peirsol, who booked his ticket to the World Championships in Rome later this month, said setting world records never got old, nor did the knowledge that he had maintained such a high level over time. “Anyone can win a gold medal, anyone can break a world record on a particular day,” he said. “Consistency is something that’s a little more difficult to achieve.”


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