EXTRA: World 100 m Backstroke Record for Kathleen Baker!

U.S. Backstroke star (and world-record holder) Kathleen Baker

TSX EXTRA – for July 29, 2018: When 16-year-old Regan Smith set a World Junior Record in the morning prelims, it became clear that the final of the women’s 100 m Backstroke was going to be a hot race.

So hot, in fact, that Rio silver medalist Kathleen Baker – swimming next to Smith – exploded from the start and tore through the water for a world record of 58.00 on Day 4 of the Phillips 66 National Championships in Irvine, California!

But that was only one of the highlights, as Ryan Murphy followed up Baker’s stunner by out-touching Matt Grevers in a world-leading time in the 100 m Back, and Katie Ledecky swam the second sub-4:00 performance this year to win her third U.S. title, in the 400 m Free. Wow!