Swimmer Kira Toussaint did not surprise in the final of the 100 meter backstroke at the Olympics. 27-year-old Toussaint finished seventh in lane 1 in 59.11 seconds. The gold went to Australian world record holder Kaylee McKeown in 57.47, Canada’s Kylie Masse (silver in 57.72) and American Regan Smith (bronze in 58.05).
Toussaint had qualified seventh for the Olympic final with a time of 59.09, despite her tapping wrong. The European champion on the non-Olympic 50 back was not counted among the medal candidates in advance. The difference between Toussaint’s personal bests (58.65) and the swimmers in the lanes next to her was too great for that.
Toussaint’s mother, Jolanda de Rover, took gold in the 200 back and bronze in the 100 back at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.