Toussaint Takes Down 100 Back Dutch Record For 2nd Time Today


On-fire Dutch ace Kira Toussaint was at it again, lowering her hours-old European Short Course Championships record in the 100m backstroke print in tonight’s semi-final.

After already racing her way to a new Dutch national record and CR of 55.26 in this morning’s heats, Toussaint took things up a notch to bust out a huge 55.17. That sliced .09 off of her morning outing, but also gives her more than a second advantage over the next closest swimmer heading into tomorrow night’s final. Russian Mariia Kameneva is next in line, seemingly a mile back in 56.37.

Splits for Toussaint’s morning swim included 26.57/28.69 to clock the 55.26 that took over Hungarian Katinka Hosszu’s old meet mark of 55.42 from 4 years ago. Tonight, Toussaint tore up the pool in a 26.42 opener, closing in 28.76 to bring her to the wall in 55.17.

Here previous national record and lifetime best entering Glasgow stood at the 55.58 she set just over a week ago at the ISL European Derby in London.

History-making-wise, Toussaint now checks-in as the 3rd fastest performer all-time in this SCM 100m back event.


  1. Minna Atherton, Australia – 54.89
  2. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary – 55.03
  3. Kira Toussaint, Netherlands – 55.17
  4. Shiho Sakai, Japan – 55.23
  5. Emily Seebohm, Australia – 55.31
  6. Olivia Smoliga, USA – 55.47
  7. Gao Chang, China – 55.48
  8. Daryna Zevina, Ukraine – 55.54
  9. Kathleen Baker, USA – 55.91
  10. Courtney Bartholomew, USA – 55.92

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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