World Championships: Regan Smith Rattles WR En-Route To Lane Four In 100 Back Final; Masse & Curzan Next Through

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World Championships: Regan Smith Rattles WR En-Route To Lane Four In 100 Back Final

Olympic bronze medallist Regan Smith booked lane four for the final of the 100 backstroke as she rattled the world record in the semi at the World Championships in Budapest.

The 20-year-old will start as favourite to claim her first world title over two lengths after taking 200 gold in Gwangju three years ago.

Smith was 0.02 inside Kaylee McKeown’s WR at halfway but it slipped away from her on the second 50 to stop the clock at 57.65.

Kylie Masse was second through in 58.57 with Claire Curzan next through in 58.96.

McKeown pulled out of the 100 back on Sunday morning to focus on the 200IM final in which she finished second.

Qualifiers:

1. Regan Smith (USA); 57.65

2. Kylie Masse (CAN); 58.57

3. Claire Curzan (USA); 58.96

4. Kira Toussaint (NED); 59.16

5. Medi Harris (GBR); 59.61

6. Wan Letian (CHN); 59.63

7. Peng Xuwei (CHN); 59.69

8. Emma Terebo (FRA); 1:00.06

 

 

 

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