Canada’s Kylie Masse beats rivals for gold in backstroke thriller


Canada’s Kylie Masse gained gold in the ladies’s 100-metre backstroke Friday on the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Tokyo.

Masse, the reigning world champion in the occasion and the 2016 Olympic bronze medallist, out-touched former world champ Emily Seebohm of Australia and world-record holder Kathleen Baker of america in an thrilling ultimate.

Masse’s time of 58.61 seconds put her simply 0.11 of a second forward of Seebohm and 0.22 forward of Baker, the 2016 Olympic silver medallist.

Masse, 22, from Windsor, Ont., had damaged the meet file earlier with a 58.29 in the preliminary spherical.

The three medallists had been the identical ultimately yr’s world championships, when Baker completed second and Seebohm took third. Masse took the title away from Seebohm and set the world file in that race, solely to see Baker break it this summer season on the U.S. nationals.

“It is at all times an excellent race once they’re in there for certain,” Masse stated. “It is nice competitors and all of us push one another. We’re additionally pleasant with one another in the prepared room, which I feel is superior. It is superior for backstroke transferring ahead to have that form of aggressive rivalry.”

From the small city of LaSalle, Ont., all the way in which to the Olympic podium, Kylie Masse by no means thought this a lot success was attainable so quickly. 2:38

Masse’s victory was the second in as many days for a Canadian girl at this meet. On Thursday, Taylor Ruck defeated American celebrity Katie Ledecky to win the 200-metre freestyle occasion.

Ruck added two extra medals Friday. After taking bronze in the 100-metre freestyle, she teamed with Kayla Sanchez, Rebecca Smith and Mackenzie Padington for a bronze in the 4×200 freestyle relay.

Ruck’s private better of 52.72 seconds in the 100 was the second quickest in Canadian historical past, simply 0.02 off Penny Oleksiak’s Olympic gold-winning time. Australia’s Cate Campbell gained in 52.03, whereas Simone Manuel of america was second in 52.66.

Kelowna, B.C. teenager Taylor Ruck swam to a bronze medal in the ladies’s 100-metre freestyle occasion on the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Tokyo on Friday. 2:15

“That was superb, I am unable to even describe it. It was so cool to be a part of that race,” Ruck stated. “I felt actually good in that race. The primary 50 I went out fairly good and easy and the final 50 I simply tried to hold on and tried to race Cate and Simone.”

Successful eight Commonwealth Video games medals has put 18-year-old Taylor Ruck in excessive media demand, however her swimming coach leaves no room for distractions. 3:24

On the boys’s aspect, Mack Darragh of Oakville, Ont., completed fifth in the 200 butterfly, whereas Javier Acevado of Scarborough was fifth and Markus Thormeyer of Vancouver was sixth in the 100 backstroke.

The Pan Pacific Championships are taking place two years out from the Tokyo Olympics. The meet options world swimming powers Australia and america and in addition contains different non-European nations similar to Canada, Japan, China and a number of other others.’s dwell streaming protection continues Saturday at 5:10 a.m. ET and runs by the top of the meet on Sunday.​

Rivard provides one other para gold

On the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships, being held in Australia, Canada’s Auré​lie Rivard captured gold for the second straight day, profitable the ladies’s 100-metre freestyle S10 Friday after breaking her personal world file in the 400 free on opening night time.

The 22-year-old’s time of 59.45 was good for a 0.34-second win over New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe.

“It is my greatest time because the Rio Video games, so it is actually good,” stated Rivard, who set the S10 world file of 59.17 in 2015 earlier than claiming Paralympic gold in 59.31 a yr later. “I might have preferred to go slightly sooner, but it surely nonetheless went effectively. I beat my rival and I am actually happy with my race.”



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