BEIJING, China — Aaron Peirsol, the former Newport Harbor High star, began his quest today to become the second swimmer in history to sweep the backstroke events at consecutive Olympic Games.
Peirsol competed in the 200-meter backstroke preliminary at 4:09 a.m., Pacific Standard time. The semifinal is set for 9:23 Thursday morning (PST) and the final later in the evening at 7:16. The final is scheduled to air on NBC 8-9 p.m.
The 25-year-old captured his fifth gold medal Monday, when he lowered his world record to win the 100 backstroke in 52.52 seconds. He set the previous record (52.89) last month at the U.S. Olympic Trials.