2019 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- All sports: Friday, July 12 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
- Pool swimming: Sunday, July 21 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
- The Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center, Gwangju, Korea
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The women’s 100m backstroke saw 3 women dip under the 59-second threshold during tonight’s semi-final in Gwangju, Korea, led by Canadian former World Record holder Kylie Masse. The National Record holder for her country fired off a time of 58.50 to lead the top 8 heading into tomorrow night’s final, but 2 Aussies are in hot pursuit.
19-year-old Minna Atherton and 18-year-old Kaylee McKeown shut Australian National Record holder and 2015 World Champion Emily Seebohm out of qualification for this year’s World Championships. Both sit in the top 5 seeds behind Masse after tonight’s semis, with Atherton ranked 2nd in 58.60, just .10 behind Mase, while McKeown is ranked 5th in 59.13.
For Atherton, training partner of Seebohm, the Brisbane Grammar athlete is harking back to her early teenage days, when she broke the 50m and 100m back World Junior Records when she was just 15.
She hit a mark of 59.20 for a new lifetime best at the Aussie World Trials this past April to take the meet title and was near that in 59.22 for the 2nd seed after this morning’s heats.
Flash forward to tonight, however, and Atherton entered new territory, dipping under 59 for the very first time. In doing so, Atherton’s time of 58.60 frog hops Olympic finalist Madi Wilson to become the 2nd fastest Aussie performer in history in this women’s 100m back event. It also makes Atherton a very real medal threat for tomorrow’s final.
All-Time Aussie Women Performers in the 100 Back