Just when it seems Australian backstroking ace, Emily Seebohm, couldn’t get any faster….she does. That’s been the modus operandi of 23-year-old Seebohm of 2015, a year that has seen her fastest 100m and 200m backstroke swims since 2012.
Already holding Australia’s National Record 100m backstroke mark of 58.23, Seebohm seems well on her way to wiping that off the map, bumping up dangerously close to the record during tonight’s finals at the World Cup Doha. After already registering a 58.26 in Kazan at the 2015 World Championships, followed by multiple sub-59 World Cup finishes, including the 58.37 last week in Tokyo, Seebohm threw down an incredible 58.34 to take gold in Doha.
Seebohm’s 58.34 now sits as the 2nd-fastest of 2015, only behind her World Championship-title-winning swim, but it also now lands as the 6th-fastest swim of all time. Taking out the supersuit-era swims of 2009 still on the books, Seebohm’s time tonight sits as the 4th-fastest ever. Below is the listing of the swiftest women’s 100m backstroke swims in history:
- 58.12 Gemma Spofforth, Great Britain, 2009
- 58.18 Anastasia Fesikova, Russia, 2009
- 58.23 Emily Seebohm, Australia, 2012
- 58.26 Emily Seebohm, Australia, 2015 (Kazan)
- 58.33 Missy Franklin, USA, 2012
- 58.34 Emily Seebohm, Australia, 2015 (Doha)
- 58.39 Emily Seebohm, Australia, 2012
- 58.39 Missy Franklin, USA, 2013
- 58.42 Missy Franklin, USA, 2013
- Anastasia Fesikova, Russia, 58.48, 2009
Seebohm’s splits from tonight’s race were as follows:
28.54, 29.80 = 58.34
The unstoppable Australian is set to compete in the final stop of this year’s World Cup Series, slated for Dubai on November 6th and 7th.