Kaylee McKeown Blasts 57.63 100 Backstroke, 0.06 Off Smith’s World Record

2021 SYDNEY OPEN

Kaylee McKeown has been firing on all cylinders at the 2021 Sydney Open and has now posted the second-fastest long course 100 backstroke swim of all time in the form of a 57.63. The swim is a new Australian and Commonwealth record in the women’s 100 bacsktroke, improving upon her own marks of 57.93 from December 2020.

That swim for McKeown gets her within 0.06 seconds of Regan Smith‘s 2019 world record in the event of 57.57 and replaces her 57.93 as the #2 100 backstroke in history. McKeown is now the only woman to ever break 58 seconds more than once.

All-Time Women’s Long Course 100 Backstroke Performances

  1. Regan Smith – 57.57 (2019)
  2. Kaylee McKeown – 57.63 (2021)
  3. Kaylee McKeown – 57.93 (2020)
  4. Kathleen Baker – 58.00 (2018)
  5. Kylie Masse – 58.10 (2017)
  6. Kaylee McKeown – 58.11 (2020)
  7. Gemma Spofforth – 58.12 (2009)
  8. Kaylee McKeown – 58.14 (2021)
  9. Kylie Masse – 58.16 (2019)
  10. Regan Smith – 58.18 (2020)

McKeown now holds the 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 8th fastest 100 backstroke performances of all time, including her 57.63 from the finals of the 2021 Sydney Open, as well as her 58.14 from the prelims.

Having swum a 57.93 in December 2020, McKeown was already the top rank woman in the world this year but has now pulled ahead even more. She now has a fairly wide margin ahead of the field and is 0.61 seconds ahead of second-ranked Kathleen Dawson who holds a 58.24.

2020-2021 LCM Women 100 Back

2Regan
Smith
USA57.9206/14
3Kathleen
Dawson
GBR58.0805/23
4Olivia
Smoliga
USA58.3105/15
5Rhyan
White
USA58.4305/15
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Emily Seebohm was also present in the women’s 100 backstroke final and posted a 59.06 for the silver medal while Jessica Unicomb notched a 1:01.95 for second place.

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MX4x50relay
1 month ago

Sheeeeeesh

PFA
1 month ago

Truly Insane swim #1 performance so far this year and swim of the month so far.

Jonathan Charbroiled Steak
1 month ago

Nooooooo way!!!!