Masse lost the Olympic record for backstroke
While the Canadian was witnessing, Regan Smith of U.S., then Australia’s Kaylee McKeown lowered mark.
It was a memorable Sunday for Canada’s swim team
An Olympic record in the women’s 100-meter backstroke was set by the two-time world champion. She succeeded in winning in 58.17 seconds, but Regan Smith, her American rival (57.96), and Kaylee McKeown from Australia (57.88) lowered the mark and she lost the Olympic backstroke record.
Athletes who were qualified 1-2-3 for Monday’s semifinals, were McKeown, Smith وand Masse, from LaSalle, Ont.
Masse told Swimming Canada that the field was incredibly deep and that was such a challenging situation. She added that she had known she was going to be fast for the next round, so she was using every opportunity to compete and to have some good time there.
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Taylor Ruck of Kelowna, B.C., had a slow start but they ended up in third place in Masse’s heat to be qualify 11th of 16 swimmers.
Earlier in the day, Penny Oleksiak was the anchor of the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay team after achieving a silver medal. It was Canada’s first of these Games.
Everything depends on the final
According to Masse, this 25-year-old athlete, the Olympic record being broken three times in the heats is not something you can see regularly. Masse said she was thinking about organizing a good race there, she was so happy after gaining the Olympic record briefly, but at last, everything depended on the finals. The finals would be on Tuesday.
Late last month in Toronto, Masse improved her performance after achieving a 57.70 winning time at the Canadian Olympic trials. So, she entered Tokyo fully prepared.
The backstroke bronze medal was achieved by Masse in her 2016 Olympic debut in Rio, she is also expected to take part in the 200 in Japan.
Masse; the humblest person
Recently, CBC Sports analyst Byron MacDonald told The Canadian Press Masse was so self-driven, she didn’t demand special attention. He mentioned her as a very humble person and added that someone may never know that Masse is one of the best athletes in the country in any sport.
Canadian freestyle record was shattered by McIntosh
Summer McIntosh is 14 years old and is considered the youngest Canadian athlete at these Games. on Monday night, she is going to compete in the finals in the women’s 400 freestyle after being qualified fifth in 4:02.72 and breaking Brittany MacLean’s Canadian record of 4:03.43 from the 2016 Rio Olympics.
This is McIntosh’s first Olympic experience and she told Swimming Canada that the experience was so amazing and being able to compete with those remarkable swimmers from all over the world was wonderful. McIntosh explained that she had not expected a certain time. She just wanted to be around her best time so she was satisfied with the result.
Oleksiak was defeated by McIntosh in the 200 free. She is going to start her search for a medal on Monday in that event before competing in the 800 free heats which will be held on Thursday. A month ago, MacDonald told CBC Sports that McIntosh was going to make the finals in one or two of her races. But she was not sure whether or not she was going to the podium.
The Canadian men’s 4×100 freestyle relay team
Brent Hayden is the 37-year-old leader of the team. He is considered the oldest Canadian swimmer in the Olympics. He managed to take the seventh spot after a 3:13.00 performance. His return was announced in Late 2019 after seven years of retirement due to physical and mental pain.
Winnipeg resident Kelsey Wog could not manage to be qualified for the semifinals. Markus Thormeyer (53.80) of Delta, B.C., and Calgary’s Cole Pratt (54.27) took the 19th and 26th spot and won’t advance anymore.