Mie Nielsen Breaks Danish Record in 100 Meter Backstroke at Mediterranean Open

Danish 18-year old Mie Nielsen has broken the National Record in the 100 meter backstroke (long course) on Sunday at the 2015 Mediterranean Open.

Nielsen swam a 59.14, which improved upon her own record of 59.36 that was done at the Eindhoven Cup in April, 2014.

A comparison between Nielsen’s old record and new record:

  • old record: 28.93/30.43 = 59.36
  • new record: 28.97/30.17 = 59.14

Nielsen was challenged early in the race by American Natalie Coughlin, but on the last 50 roared into a race of her own to beat Coughlin (1:00.20) by a full second.

A full day 3 recap will come.

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Holy smokes,, 59.14 is a world class time. Coughlin’s 1.00.20 is a seasons best. The Danish girl is definitely a medal contender kazan/rio. And i thought Coventry’s best chances in her comeback would be in the 100back. Looks like the big podiums are occupied; Seebohm, Franklin, Nielsen et al.. The 200im is a non starter, 200back to will be a long short. Very intetesting road to Rio


What do you mean that the 2IM is a nonstarter and 2Back a long-shot?? You mean for Coventry? I thought 2Back might be her best shot but that’s a crowded field now too. Not sure what she can do yet.

Coughlin definitely progressing nicely in her return to backstroke. Hard to believe she first broke a minute almost 13 years ago now, and she’s almost there again. The extra strength training is paying off.


Agree that 200BACK has possibilities for Coventry. With Hocking likely to be out of action indefinitely, the places below Franklin are certainly an open book. Both Beisel & Pelton have put in good swims at various times but without the consistency to lock down the 2nd US position. The absence of Nay from AUS ranks in 2014 allowed Seebohm an opening over 200 and she broke into the 2.07s. That was a World no2 but that time is unlikely to cut it in a Championship year. Can her 200 performance start matching her 100 with regards to consistency ? The Canadians are thereabouts with regards to finals but so far “not quite there”. Even if Coventry doesn’t return to her… Read more »

Philip Johnson

Very impressive. She is definitely in contention of a gold medal come this summer.


Danish medley relay is really looking good! 400 medley will challenge Australia and USA with Nielson, RMP, Ottesen and Pernille Blume

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