Meet Aaron Piersol, an American professional swimmer who is a five-time Olympic gold medalist and is the current world record holder of the 100 meter backstroke swimming event. See photos, video and a biography of Aaron Piersol here.
Aaron is in the news as he defeated Michael Phelps in the 100 meter backstroke final at Charlotte Ultraswim meet, being held in North Carolina. Phelps had been cruising along with comfortable wins in the other events after making a comeback in three months but this was simply not his day, as Aaron finished in 53.32 seconds, almost half-a-second faster than his Olympic teammate.
“I’m very happy with that,” Piersol said. “It’s a good field, those guys are good and they’ll be the ones I’ll be going against this summer.”
As a biography, Aaron Piersol is 26 years of age after having been born on the 23rd of July in 1983. Irvine, California serves as his birthplace. He formerly attended the University of Texas at Austin. His sister Hayley Piersol is an international level long-distance swimmer.
Piersol has been taking part in the Olympics for the past three editions. He won a silver medal in the 200 m Backstroke event in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, three gold medals in the 2004 Athens Olympics (setting the world record for the 100m backstroke) and then won two golds and a silver in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, again improving his world record timing for the 100m event.
Aaron has also won the World Championships in the backstroke event in 2003, 2005 and 2007.
Check out a video of Aaron Piersol below.
Aaron Peirsol Video