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Swimming at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Backstroke

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Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 7, 2016
Date Finished: August 8, 2016

Gold: HUN Katinka Hosszú
Silver: USA Kathleen Baker
Bronze: CHN Fu Yuanhui
CAN Kylie Masse


American [Missy Franklin] won this event at the London Olympics, but failed to make the US Olympic team in the event, still struggling to recover after back injuries in 2014. In her absence Australia’s [Emily Seebohm], runner-up to Franklin in London, was considered the favorite, having won both backstroke events at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan. Hungary’s [Katinka Hosszú] was ranked third in the world in this event, but it was not certain she would start, eschewing the 100 back to compete in other events. Coming into Rio, Seebohm and Denmark’s [Mie Nielsen] were tied at the top of the yearly world list with 58.73.

Hosszú did compete and won the gold medal in the event, but the rest of the results were completely unexpected. Silver went to unheralded American [Kathleen Baker], while there was a tie for the bronze medal between Canada’s [Kylie Masse] and China’s [Fu Yuanhui]. Nielsen was back in fifth while Seebohm struggled and finished only sixth in the final. This was one of three individual gold medals for Hosszú, who also won both individual medleys.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Katinka Hosszú 27 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Kathleen Baker 19 United States USA Silver
3T Kylie Masse 20 Canada CAN Bronze
3T Fu Yuanhui 20 China CHN Bronze
5 Mie Ø. Nielsen 19 Denmark DEN
6 Olivia Smoliga 21 United States USA
7 Emily Seebohm 24 Australia AUS
8 Madi Wilson 22 Australia AUS
9 Anastasiya Zuyeva-Fesikova 26 Russia RUS
10 Georgia Davies 25 Great Britain GBR
11 Kirsty Coventry 32 Zimbabwe ZIM
12 Dominique Bouchard 25 Canada CAN
13 Matea Samardžić 21 Croatia CRO
14 Eygló Ósk Gústafsdóttir 21 Iceland ISL
15 Duane Da Rocha 28 Spain ESP
16 Wang Xueer 18 China CHN
17 Simona Baumrtová 24 Czech Republic CZE
18 Kira Toussaint 22 Netherlands NED
19 Claudia Lau 23 Hong Kong HKG
20 Yekaterina Rudenko 21 Kazakhstan KAZ
21 Alicja Tchórz 23 Poland POL
22 Katarína Listopadová 23 Slovakia SVK
23 Darya Ustinova 17 Russia RUS
24 Mimosa Jallow 22 Finland FIN
25 Etiene Medeiros 25 Brazil BRA
26 Natsumi Sakai 15 Japan JPN
27 Alexus Laird 23 Seychelles SEY
28 Kimiko Raheem 17 Sri Lanka SRI
29 Lara Butler 21 Cayman Islands CAY
30 Caylee Watson 21 United States Virgin Islands ISV
31 Gaurika Singh 13 Nepal NEP
32 Evelina Afoa 17 Samoa SAM
33 Talisa Lanoe 22 Kenya KEN
34 Rita Zeqiri 20 Kosovo KOS