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Swimming at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's 100 metre backstroke

The women's 100 metre backstroke event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place on 7–8 August at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.[1]

Women's 100 metre backstroke
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
VenueOlympic Aquatics Stadium
Dates7 August 2016 (heats &
semifinals)
8 August 2016 (final)
Competitors34 from 28 nations
Winning time58.45
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Katinka Hosszú  Hungary
2nd, silver medalist(s) Kathleen Baker  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Kylie Masse  Canada
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Fu Yuanhui  China
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After a world-record breaking victory in the 400 m individual medley two days earlier, Hungary's Katinka Hosszú touched out the U.S. swimmer Kathleen Baker at the home stretch to capture the sprint backstroke crown, and her second gold medal at these Games. Approaching the 50-metre lap, Baker pulled herself ahead of the field with a marginal lead, but Hosszú passed the American at the final 25-metre stretch to touch the wall first with a Hungarian record of 58.45.[2][3] Falling three tenths of a second short of the Olympic title, Baker picked up the silver instead at 58.75. Meanwhile, Canada's Kylie Masse and China's Fu Yuanhui tied for the bronze in a matching 58.76, breaking their national records respectively.[4][5]

Trailing Hosszú by a 0.35-second margin, Denmark's Mie Nielsen finished off the podium with a fifth-place time in 58.80, while Baker's teammate Olivia Smoliga moved up to sixth with a 58.95. London 2012 silver medalist and reigning World champion Emily Seebohm faded to seventh in 59.19, with fellow Australian swimmer Madison Wilson (59.23) finishing behind her by 0.04 of a second to round out the championship field.[5][6]

The medals for the competition were presented by Frankie Fredericks, Namibia, IOC member, and the gifts were presented by Ben Ekumbo, Bureau Member of the FINA.

RecordsEdit

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record   Gemma Spofforth (GBR) 58.12 Rome, Italy 28 July 2009
Olympic record   Emily Seebohm (AUS) 58.23 London, United Kingdom 29 July 2012

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

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Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 3 Kathleen Baker   United States 58.84 Q
2 5 4 Emily Seebohm   Australia 58.99 Q
3 5 3 Kylie Masse   Canada 59.07 Q
4 4 4 Mie Nielsen   Denmark 59.13 Q
5 5 Katinka Hosszú   Hungary Q
6 3 5 Olivia Smoliga   United States 59.60 Q
7 4 6 Georgia Davies   Great Britain 59.86 Q
8 3 4 Madison Wilson   Australia 59.92 Q
9 4 5 Fu Yuanhui   China 1:00.02 Q
10 3 3 Anastasia Fesikova   Russia 1:00.04 Q
11 3 2 Kirsty Coventry   Zimbabwe 1:00.13 Q
12 5 2 Dominique Bouchard   Canada 1:00.18 Q
13 4 8 Matea Samardžić   Croatia 1:00.46 Q
14 4 2 Wang Xueer   China 1:00.59 Q
15 4 1 Duane da Rocha   Spain 1:00.87 Q
16 3 7 Eygló Ósk Gústafsdóttir   Iceland 1:00.89 Q
17 3 8 Simona Baumrtová   Czech Republic 1:01.08
18 5 1 Kira Toussaint   Netherlands 1:01.17
19 2 5 Claudia Lau   Hong Kong 1:01.27
20 5 8 Yekaterina Rudenko   Kazakhstan 1:01.28
21 2 4 Alicja Tchórz   Poland 1:01.31
22 4 7 Katarína Listopadová   Slovakia 1:01.43
23 3 6 Daria Ustinova   Russia 1:01.45
24 3 1 Mimosa Jallow   Finland 1:01.58
25 5 6 Etiene Medeiros   Brazil 1:01.70
26 5 7 Natsumi Sakai   Japan 1:01.74
27 2 3 Alexus Laird   Seychelles 1:03.33
28 2 2 Kimiko Raheem   Sri Lanka 1:04.21
29 2 6 Lara Butler   Cayman Islands 1:04.98 NR
30 2 1 Caylee Watson   Virgin Islands 1:07.19 NR
31 1 4 Gaurika Singh   Nepal 1:08.45
32 1 5 Evelina Afoa   Samoa 1:08.74
33 2 7 Talisa Lanoe   Kenya 1:10.02
34 1 3 Rita Zeqiri   Kosovo 1:12.31 NR

SemifinalsEdit

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Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 Madison Wilson   Australia 59.03 Q
2 5 Mie Nielsen   Denmark 59.18 Q
3 4 Emily Seebohm   Australia 59.32 Q
4 3 Olivia Smoliga   United States 59.35 Q
5 2 Anastasia Fesikova   Russia 59.68
6 7 Dominique Bouchard   Canada 1:00.54
7 8 Eygló Ósk Gústafsdóttir   Iceland 1:00.65
8 1 Wang Xueer   China 1:01.44

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Kathleen Baker   United States 58.84 Q
2 3 Katinka Hosszú   Hungary 58.94 Q
3 2 Fu Yuanhui   China 58.95 Q
4 5 Kylie Masse   Canada 59.06 Q, NR
5 6 Georgia Davies   Great Britain 59.85
6 7 Kirsty Coventry   Zimbabwe 1:00.26
7 1 Matea Samardžić   Croatia 1:00.60
8 8 Duane da Rocha   Spain 1:00.85

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  5 Katinka Hosszú   Hungary 58.45 NR
  4 Kathleen Baker   United States 58.75
  2 Kylie Masse   Canada 58.76 NR
3 Fu Yuanhui   China NR
5 7 Mie Nielsen   Denmark 58.80
6 8 Olivia Smoliga   United States 58.95
7 1 Emily Seebohm   Australia 59.19
8 6 Madison Wilson   Australia 59.23

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Women's 100m Backstroke". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 22 September 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Hungary's 'Iron Lady' shines again as Olympic records tumble". Olympics. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Katinka Hosszu wins women's 100m backstroke to claim second gold". Daily Mail. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Hosszu wins 100m backstroke to claim second gold". Reuters. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Katinka Hosszu Collects Second Gold Medal of Rio Olympics With 100 Back Victory". Swimming World Magazine. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Rio 2016: Mitch Larkin, Emily Seebohm fall short in backstroke finals". ABC News Australia. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Swimming: Golden girl Gemma Spofforth sets new world record in Rome". Daily Mail. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Seebohm breaks Olympic record". ABC News Australia. 29 July 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  9. ^ "SWW041900_ResultsSummary_2016_08_07.pdf:" (PDF). Rio 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 August 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  10. ^ "SWW041200_ResultsSummary_2016_08_07.pdf:" (PDF). Rio 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2016.