Swimming - Grevers clocks 100m backstroke shortcourse world record

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 12: Matt Grevers reacts after breaking the World Record in the Men's 100m Backstroke during day two of the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool at Indiana University Natatorium on December 12, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/Kevin C. Cox)

- American Matt Grevers clocked a shortcourse world record of 48.92sec to win the 100m backstroke Saturday at the USA versus Europe Duel in the Pool in Indianapolis, Indiana. Grevers, the 2012 Olympic gold medallist in the 100m back, broke the record of 48.94sec set by American Nick Thoman in 2009 in the era of now-banned high-tech bodysuits. "I wanted it. I wanted it real bad," Grevers said. "I was pretty close in the 200 yesterday so I knew I had it in me." Russian-born Serbian Arkady Vyatchanin took second for Europe in 50.37. The race was one of 16 on the second and final day of the competition between the United States and a European All-Star squad drawn from 11 countries. The United States locked up the title with 12 victories and a spate of American records.

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