Olympic Games Snapshot: A Capsule Look At the Day Three Events in Tokyo; Kaylee McKeown Chasing Own WR

Kaylee McKeown breaks Commonwealth and Australian Record, 100m BACKSTROKE Final, 2021 Sydney Open, Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre , May 15 2021. Photo by Delly Carr / SOPAC. Pic credit is mandatory for complimentary editorial usage. I thank you in advance.

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Olympic Games Snapshot: A Capsule Look At the Day Three Events in Tokyo; Kaylee McKeown Chasing Own WR

With the 2020ne Olympic Games less than a month away, Swimming World will run eight consecutive days of capsules that take a quick look at the events that will be held on a specific day in Tokyo. These capsules will provide a snapshot of the various events, including an historical snippet for each discipline.

Day Three

Men’s 200 Freestyle

World Record: Paul Biedermann (Germany/2009) 1:42.00
2016 Olympic Champion: Sun Yang (China) 1:44.65
Most Titles: Australia (Four)
Biggest Victory Margin: 6.2 Seconds (Frederick Lane Over Zoltan Halmay – 1900)
Top-Five Times (2021) – Olympic Qualifiers
1. Duncan Scott (Great Britain) 1:44.47
2. Tom Dean (Great Britain) 1:44.58
3. Katsuhiro Matsumoto (Japan) 1:44.65
4. Martin Malyutin (Russia) 1:44.79
5. Sunwoo Hwang (Korea) 1:44.96
Historical Note: En route to the gold medal at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Australian Duncan Armstrong defeated three world-record holders in American Matt Biondi, Poland’s Artur Wojdat and West Germany’s Michael Gross.

Women’s 100 Backstroke

World Record: Kaylee McKeown (Australia/2021) 57.45
2016 Olympic Champion: Katinka Hosszu (Hungary) 58.45
Most Titles: United States (11)
Biggest Victory Margin: 4.2 Seconds (Sybil Bauer Over Phyllis Harding – 1924)
Top-Five Times (2021) – Olympic Qualifiers
1. Kaylee McKeown (Australia) 57.45
2. Kylie Masse (Canada) 57.70
3. Regan Smith (United States) 57.92
4. Kathleen Dawson (Great Britain) 58.08
5. Rhyan White (United States) 58.43
Historical Note: Although she didn’t contest the individual 100 backstroke at the 1996 Olympics, Hungarian Krisztina Egerszegi posted a time in the prelims of the 400 medley relay that would have won the event. Egerszegi went 1:01.05, compared to the 1:01.19 that Beth Botsford used to win solo gold.

Men’s 100 Backstroke

World Record: Ryan Murphy (United States/2016) 51.85
2016 Olympic Champion: Ryan Murphy (United States) 51.97
Most Titles: United States (15)
Biggest Victory Margin: 2.2 Seconds (Warren Kealoha Over Paul Wyatt – 1924)
Top-Five Times (2021) – Olympic Qualifiers
1. Kliment Kolesnikov (Russia) 52.09
2. Evgeny Rylov (Russia) 52.12
3. Ryan Murphy (United States) 52.22
4. Hunter Armstrong (United States) 52.48
5. Apostolos Christou (Greece) 52.77
Historical Note: The United States enters the Tokyo Games riding a winning streak of six Olympics in this event.

Women’s 100 Breaststroke

World Record: Lilly King (United States/2017) 1:04.13
2016 Olympic Champion: Lilly King (United States) 1:04.93
Most Titles: United States (Three)
Biggest Victory Margin: 1.88 Seconds (Hannelore Anke Over Lyubov Rusanova – 1976)
Top-Five Times (2021) – Olympic Qualifiers
1. Lilly King (United States) 1:04.72
2. Lydia Jacoby (United States) 1:05.28
3. Arianna Castiglioni (Italy) 1:05.67
4. Sophie Hansson (Sweden) 1:05.69
5. Tatjana Schoenmaker (South Africa) 1:05.74
Historical Note: Australian Leisel Jones, the 2008 Olympic champion, has a complete set of medals in the event, having won silver in 2000 and bronze in 2004.

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