EINDHOVEN QUALIFICATION MEET (NED)
Kira Toussaint just took her newly-minted lifetime best in the women’s 100m backstroke down to a new level to close out her Eindhoven Qualification Meet campaign.
Capturing gold tonight at Pieter van den Hoogenband Stadium, 26-year-old Toussaint tore up the pool in a new Dutch national record of 58.65. That sliced .09 off of her already swift morning result of 58.74.
Below is a split comparison between her two swims today showing once again that she makes these time improvements happen most significantly on the front end.
Old Record – 28.51/30.23 for 58.74
New Record – 28.16/30.49 for 58.65
Both swims today overtook her own previous Dutch national record and lifetime best of 58.91. That outing was posted at the Rotterdam Qualification Meet last December to make the Olympic squad.
With her new Dutch record, former Tennessee Vol now ranks as the #2 swimmer in the world this season, tying Great Britain’s Kathleen Dawson. In terms of all-time, worldwide, Toussaint moves up to rank as the 14th fastest female 100m back performer ever.
Of note, a time of 58.65 would have reaped silver at the 2016 edition of the Summer Olympic Games.