Canadian Kylie Masse captures silver in 100-metre backstroke
Kylie Masse of Canada poses with her silver medal for the women's 100-meter backstroke at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, July 26, 2021 10:01PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, July 26, 2021 11:44PM EDT
TOKYO -- Canadian Kylie Masse captured silver on Tuesday in the women's 100-metre backstroke at the Tokyo Olympics.
The two-time world champion in the event finished in 57.72 seconds, behind Australia's Kaylee McKeown (57.47), who set a new Olympic record for the gold. American Regan Smith (58.05) took bronze.
Masse, a 25-year-old from LaSalle, Ont., was in the lead at the 50-metre turn before McKeown came on strong in the end.
The women's swim team has generated three medals in the first three days of racing starting with a silver in the freestyle relay and followed by Maggie Mac Neil's victory in 100-metre butterfly.
Masse (pronounced Moss) tied for Olympic bronze with China's Fu Yuanhui in Rio in 2016.
The only other women in the world to win multiple career medals in 100 backstroke are American Natalie Coughlin, Krisztina Egerszegi of Hungary and Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe.
Canada's Mark Tewksbury won men's 100 backstroke gold in 1992.
Masse's home pool is at the University of Toronto but, with it closed for much of the COVID-19 pandemic, she relocated to Toronto's Pan Am Sports Centre last year.
When the first wave of the pandemic shut down all pools for weeks in the spring of 2020, Masse got into a harness and tethered herself to a fence so she could swim in place in her parents' backyard pool.
Masse posted the second-fastest semifinal time in Tokyo. She briefly held the Olympic record before it was lowered by Smith.
Masse claimed world titles in the 100 backstroke in 2019 in Gwangju, South Korea and in 2017 in Budapest. Masse also earned 200 backstroke bronze in Gwangju.
The 200 backstroke final is Saturday. She'll also race in Sunday's individual medley relay.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 26, 2021.