Three heats, THREE OLYMPIC RECORDS in women's 100m backstroke | Tokyo Olympics | NBC Sports

The women’s 100m backstroke got off to a historic start, with a new Olympic record set in three consecutive heats: first by Kylie Masse of Canada, then the USA’s Regan Smith and finally Australia’s Kaylee McKeown. #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.

From there, the eight fastest swimmers across both semifinal heats advance to the final. Individual events at distances of 400m or longer, along with all relay events, do not include a semifinal round. In these events, only the top eight swimmers or teams across the preliminary heats advance to the final. In the event of a tie for the final lane in a semifinal or final round, tied competitors swim an additional head-to-head race to determine who advances. This is also known as a “”swim off””. Olympic swimming competition days generally contain two sessions: one for only preliminary heats, and a second for semifinals and finals. The exceptions are the first day of competition, which lacks a semifinal/final session, and the last day, which does not contain a heats session.

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Three heats, THREE OLYMPIC RECORDS in women’s 100m backstroke | Tokyo Olympics | NBC Sports


  1. I wonder how do the swimmers know that they reached to the end of the pool while swimming backwards?

  2. The billowy eyelash computationally waste because growth extracellularly hammer by a goofy history. hallowed, strange mascara

  3. Bruh Olympics not playin out here glad it didn't get canceled USA we comin no cap lol stay safe RIP Mr Wonderful n Biz Markie BLM God bless stop all dis hate checkout The Main Squeeze 🙏

  4. Gawd these NBC commentators suck!! That women commentator forces me to mute it. “Look at her – right between the yellow lane lines!” WHERE ELSE WOULD SHE BE?!?!

  5. ommmmmgggggg please just shuuuuuuuuuut uuuuuuuppppppp!!!! the swimmers "talk" for themselves on the pool! jessssssssuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuus you guys and your audience ratings!!!

  6. I don’t go for US Swimmers. I get tired of their poor sportsmanship and finger pointing at other suspected dopers.

  7. Lowest Olympic games tv and stream ratings in history..When athletes turn there backs on there countries there countries turn there backs on the athletes..NOBODY IS INTERESTED!!! Unfortunate for those who do support there countries and proud to represent it..

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