Kaylee McKeown bests Regan Smith for 100m backstroke gold | Tokyo Olympics | NBC Sports

World record holder Kaylee McKeown added Olympic gold to her resume, emerging victorious from a stacked 100m backstroke field. #NBCOlympics #Tokyo2020 #Swimming
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Each swimming event is broken up into rounds with the purpose of trimming the field of competitors (which can sometimes number upwards of 90+ for individual events) down to a final race of eight. Individual events at distances of 200m and shorter require three rounds: preliminary heats, semifinals, and a final. Each athlete participates in one of several preliminary heats in hopes of recording a top-16 time, thereby advancing to the semifinals.

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Kaylee McKeown bests Regan Smith for 100m backstroke gold | Tokyo Olympics | NBC Sports


  1. ThatOneGirl on August 5, 2021 at 6:23 am

    Okay but Rhyan White tied her own best time here! So, if she stays swimming her best like this then she’s got a good chance to medal in the 200 back! She said her focus was on the 200 anyways.

  2. celrogu jidunla on August 5, 2021 at 6:24 am

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  3. Nishant Thaccker on August 5, 2021 at 6:25 am

    So frustrating that NBC doesn’t include the ‘Final Standings’ table of all the participants for the event … we want to see how all others finished too!

  4. Ash's Tunes on August 5, 2021 at 6:28 am

    I hope regan smith comes back next time ready to reconquer her backstroke, I want to see her shine once again!

  5. Zachary Zabala on August 5, 2021 at 6:31 am

    If u ever feel useless. Just remember there are lifeguards at the Olympic games for swimming.

  6. Jonah on August 5, 2021 at 6:33 am

    Stop spoiling the race with the titles

  7. Savage Cabbage 13 on August 5, 2021 at 6:35 am

    rhayan white winning the 200 back im telling ya

  8. Chris Hausmann on August 5, 2021 at 6:38 am

    Aussie women are crushing it this Olympics!

  9. Michael Rose on August 5, 2021 at 6:42 am

    US Swimming sucks now

  10. jojojo256000 on August 5, 2021 at 6:44 am

    1) stop spoiling in the title
    2) show us the times at the end

  11. Minor-sW on August 5, 2021 at 6:45 am

    First Olympic medal for Regan Smith, well done!

  12. Jose Diaz on August 5, 2021 at 6:47 am


  13. Robert Bruce on August 5, 2021 at 6:47 am

    like why put the winner in the title? at least wait a day man

  14. Minor-sW on August 5, 2021 at 6:49 am

    “First Aussie women to win this event” 💪😄🥇💪

  15. Dylan Steffen on August 5, 2021 at 6:50 am

    Just missed a WR

  16. Surokis on August 5, 2021 at 6:51 am

    I wish NBC weren’t putting spoilers in the title. What is the benefit of that?

  17. Christopher Britt on August 5, 2021 at 6:55 am

    Gotta love how the Americans are such bad sports when they lose. Lily King is the worst though!

  18. x x on August 5, 2021 at 6:57 am

    200th of a second off the WR. This was a fast race.

  19. Charlie on August 5, 2021 at 7:00 am

    McKeown was insane out there!

  20. Nicole Davis on August 5, 2021 at 7:01 am

    I thought it was my dyslexia. I was struggling to read the title of this video.

  21. Katelyn Robinson on August 5, 2021 at 7:02 am

    congrats to herrr

  22. Shawn Grossman on August 5, 2021 at 7:03 am


  23. Jay Koo on August 5, 2021 at 7:04 am

    All women with last name the McKeon, McKeown are fast swimmer

  24. Hugo on August 5, 2021 at 7:05 am

    We love you kaylee

  25. Fransisco Scaramanga on August 5, 2021 at 7:06 am

    the swimming events have been a disaster so far for team USA… maybe going woke makes them soft… and why ruin the video with the title?

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  27. Christian Ramirez on August 5, 2021 at 7:09 am

    doesn’t it bother anybody that the idiots – sorry, i meant the commentators – keep calling her "McEwen" when her name is clearly McKeown?

  28. William Steeves on August 5, 2021 at 7:14 am

    Aussie Aussie Aussie!! Oy. Oy. Oy. Hey, that was a great race. Good to see the American place 3rd as well. Bronze is still quite a feat.

  29. Aidan Niles on August 5, 2021 at 7:15 am

    812th viewer. Also, love this.

  30. Lazylamma7 on August 5, 2021 at 7:17 am


  31. Nap Per on August 5, 2021 at 7:18 am

    Regan Smith is prettier.

  32. sinkiy on August 5, 2021 at 7:21 am

    When they are underwater like that they look like fish or sea creatures.

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