2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES
- When: Pool swimming: Saturday, July 24 – Sunday, August 1, 2021
- Open Water swimming: Wednesday, August 4 – Thursday, August 5, 2021
- Where: Olympic Aquatics Centre / Tokyo, Japan
- Heats: 7 PM / Semifinals & Finals: 10:30 AM (Local time)
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In the very first event of this day two prelims session we saw not 1, not 2, but 3 Olympic record-setting swims take place in the women’s 100m backstroke.
Canada’s Kylie Masse first dropped the old record of 58.23 set by Australian Emily Seebohm in 2012 down to a super quick heats time of 58.17 to set the pace.
Next up, American Regan Smith chipped away to dip under the 58-second threshold, hitting 57.96.
Finally, reigning World Record holder Kaylee McKeown of Australia.
Such is the state of this women’s 100m back event, with the field stacked with talent across the board, giving us a glimpse into the next two rounds of action here in Tokyo. If we just saw the OR fall 3 times over 5 minutes, it’s a scary prospect as to what may happen in the semi-finals.
Splits for the top trio of Masse, Smith and McKeown are below, showing how it was Masse who kicked off the quickest in a speedy 28.19 opening half while it was Smith with the faster back half of the bunch in 29.60.
Masse owns a lifetime best of 57.70, Smith a career-quickest of 57.57 while McKeown’s World Record stands at 57.45 from just last month.
We’ll see how the women changeup their approaches and strategies as this event unfolds.