Australian Swimmer Kaylee McKeown Sets Olympic Record in 100-Meter Backstroke

Australian swimmer Kaylee McKeown won the gold medal at the 100-meter backstroke on July 27 after setting a new Olympic record of 57.47 seconds.

In her first time participating in the Olympics, McKeown, 20, won against Canada’s 2017 and 2019 world champion Kylie Masse who clocked at 57.72 seconds and United States’ Regan Smith who clocked at 58.43 seconds.

McKeown’s new record was only 0.02 seconds behind the world record time she set last June at the Australian Olympic trials.

McKeown’s victory brings Australia’s gold medal count to three — the first from the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay team last July 25 and the second from the women’s 400-meter freestyle last July 26.

McKeown’s victory is also the second victory for Australia for an individual women’s title since 2008 — the first grabbed by Arliane Titmus at the 400-meter freestyle.

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