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Regan Smith breaks world record

Regan Smith breaks world record

The 100 backstroke has been perhaps the toughest event for the US on the women’s side for decades.

Dominant record performances by Natalie Coughlin, Missy Franklin, Kathleen Baker And Regan Smith have secured many of the Olympic team spots.

Then add the depth with finals regularly featuring five or six Olympians – i.e. three who don’t make it to that event – ​​and it’s simply been a succession of events, trial after trial.






This year there were four Olympians in the field, led by Smith, the American record holder.

Smith predictably took first place as she was pushed by NCAA champion Katharine Berkoff the whole race. Both competed in the elite semifinals at Lucas Oil Stadium on Monday.

In the final it was even better.

Smith threw a world record of 57.13 to win the race. Berkoff finished second in 57.91, close to the previous American record.