Team USA’s Regan Smith takes bronze medal in 100 back at Tokyo Olympics
TOKYO — American Regan , the former world-record holder in the women’s 100 backstroke, won the bronze
medal Tuesday morning at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre
Current world-record holder Kaylee McKeown of Australia won gold in 57.47 seconds followed by Canadian Kylie
Masse in 57.72. McKeown’s time was an Olympic record.
Smith was this in 58.05.
Smith, 19, one of 11 teenagers on the U.S. Olympic swimming team, the most since 1996, set the Olympic record
in qualifying Monday in 57.86 seconds. She was the third swimmer to do it here, following Masse and McKeown.
They are the only three swimmers in history to break 58 seconds.
McKeown’s world record, set at the Australian Olympic trials last month, is 57.45 seconds.
Among other topics discussed, Smith shared why she fell in love with the sport: her older sister Brenna.
“I pushed really hard because I wanted to follow my sister’s footsteps,” Smith said, thinking back to when she was
seven years old. “… We did like five or six things and I won by like a lot, and I had so much fun. I looked so silly
out there — I remember I was wearing a little tankini. I looked ridiculous, but I loved it.”