Matt Grevers Wins Gold, Sets Olympic Record In 100-Meter Backstroke

07/30/2012 03:43 pm ET | Updated Jul 30, 2012

LONDON -- Matt Grevers of the United States set an Olympic record to win the men's 100-meter backstroke at the London Olympics on Monday.

Grevers finished in 52.16 seconds, 0.38 ahead of the previous mark set by fellow American Aaron Peirsol at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Nick Thoman, another American, was second in 52.92, and Ryosuke Irie of Japan was third in 52.97.