Kaylee McKeown Blasts 100 Backstroke World Record Of 57.33

Kaylee Mckeown of Australia competes in the 100m Backstroke Women Final during the 20th World Aquatics Championships at the Marine Messe Hall A in Fukuoka (Japan), July 25th, 2023.
Kaylee McKeown: Photo Courtesy: Andrea Masini / Deepbluemedia / Insidefoto

FLASH! Kaylee McKeown Sets 100m Backstroke World Record Of 57.33

Kaylee McKeown lowered her 100-meter backstroke world record to 57.33, a day after setting a new 50 standard at the World Aquatics Swimming World Cup in Budapest.

The Olympic champion split 28.15/29.18 as she cut 0.12 from her 57.45 WR set at the the Australian Trials ahead of Tokyo 2020. The 22-year-old holds all the backstroke world records in the long-course pool adding the new 100 mark to the 26.86 she posted in the 50 on Friday and her 2:03.14 in the 200 from March this year.

It’s been quite the year for McKeown, who swept the backstroke events at the World Championships and is carrying significant momentum into the Olympic year. Through the first two stops of the World Cup, McKeown looked strong and world-record swims figured to be in play during the final leg in Budapest. Indeed, McKeown answered on two occasions.

McKeown will be the favorite for gold in the backstroke events at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, where she will renew a rivalry with American Regan Smith. The women engaged in several showdowns at the most recent World Champs and have separated themselves from the other backstrokers in the world.

The last day of the World Cup is scheduled for Sunday and McKeown will contest the 200 backstroke and look to complete a sweep of the back events from Budapest.

Kylie Masse was second in 59.26 with fellow Canadian Ingrid Wilm third in 59.64.

2023-10-21 (22)

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