U.S. swimmers continue building momentum during Day 2 prelims

U.S. swimmers continue building momentum during Day 2 prelims

Kathleen Baker

Team USA’s Kathleen Baker posted a personal best to clock the fastest time of the morning’s 100m backstroke preliminary heats, 58.84 seconds. Reigning world champion, Emily Seebohm of Australia, qualified for the semifinal second with 58.99 seconds.

Also into the semifinals are the U.S.’ Olivia Smoliga (sixth with 59.60) and Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, who posted 59.13 seconds the morning after winning the 400m individual medley gold in world record time.

13-year-old Gaurika Singh, representing Nepal and the youngest athlete in the Olympics, won her backstroke heat in a time of 1:09.45. Reigning Olympic champion, Missy Franklin, missed out on qualifying for this event at the U.S. Trials in June.

The competition continues live below with the men’s 200m freestyle, women’s 100m breaststroke, men’s 100m backstroke, women’s 400m freestyle and men’s 4x100m freestyle relay preliminary heats.

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