Robert Hurley (AUS), the best in the men’s 50m back
Despite his defeat in the 100m backstroke (where he was second to Matt Grevers, from USA), Stanislav Donets (RUS) was decided to confirm his 2012 supremacy in the shorter event. Clocking the fastest time of the semis, 23.14, 00.2 slower than his best performance of the season, obtained in Tokyo during the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup (a series where he triumphed in all eight 50m backstroke races), Donets was again not strong enough to beat his main challengers. The gold went to Robert Hurley (AUS), his first award at this level, in 23.04, while silver was earned by Grevers in 23.17 – Donets arrived only in third position, in a “discreet” time of 23.19.
World Record: Peter Marshall (USA), 22.61 – November 22, 2009 in Singapore (SIN)
Championships Record: Stanislav Donets (RUS), 22.93 – December 18, 2010 in Dubai (UAE)
Best performance of the current season (since August 2012): Robert Hurley (AUS, 23.04 – December 15 in Istanbul, TUR)
Last five (2002-2010) winners in this event: 2002 - Matt Welsh (AUS, 23.66); 2004 - Thomas Rupprath (GER, 23.51); 2006 - Matt Welsh (AUS, 23.53); 2008 - Peter Marshall (USA, 23.49); 2010 - Stanislav Donets (RUS, 22.93)
The best in this event (1. most victories or 2. fastest time): Matt Welsh (AUS, 2002 & 2006)