Another glorious day in the pool for the Iron Lady! In the women’s 100m backstroke, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) collected her second gold in Brazil (after the 400m IM crown), touching home in 58.45. In a thrilling race, the silver went to Kathleen Baker (USA, 58.75), while the bronze was shared by Kylie Masse (CAN) and Yuanhui Fu (CHN), in a time of 58.76. Emily Seebohm (AUS), gold medallist in Kazan 2015 in this event and second in London 2012, finished in a disappointing seventh place (59.19).
In the fourth and last final of the day, the 19-year-old Lilly King (USA) made a brilliant race, for a win in a new Olympic record of 1:04.93 – the previous best mark of the Games had been set in Beijing 2008, by Leisel Jones (AUS), in 1:05.17. Yulia Efimova (RUS), the 2015 world champion, tried her best to touch first, but ended up with the silver in 1:05.50. Katie Meili, also from the USA, got the bronze in 1:05.69.
The 2012 Olympic champion and current world record holder, Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) could not make the podium and concluded in a modest seventh position (1:07.32).
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