| Event type

100 metres Backstroke, Women

Date7 – 8 August 2016
LocationEstádio Aquático Olímpico, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants34 from 29 countries

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.

1Katinka HosszúHUN59.13 (3 h5)58.94 (2 h2)58.45 (1)Gold
2Kathleen BakerUSA58.84 (1 h4)58.84 (1 h2)58.75 (2)Silver
=3Kylie MasseCAN59.07 (2 h5)59.06 (4 h2)58.76 (=3)Bronze
=3Fu YuanhuiCHN1:00.02 (4 h4)58.95 (3 h2)58.76 (=3)Bronze
5Mie Ø. NielsenDEN59.13 (2 h4)59.18 (2 h1)58.80 (5)
6Olivia SmoligaUSA59.60 (1 h3)59.35 (4 h1)58.95 (6)
7Emily SeebohmAUS58.99 (1 h5)59.32 (3 h1)59.19 (7)
8Madi WilsonAUS59.92 (2 h3)59.03 (1 h1)59.23 (8)
9Anastasiya FesikovaRUS1:00.04 (3 h3)59.68 (5 h1)
10Georgia DaviesGBR59.86 (3 h4)59.85 (5 h2)
11Kirsty CoventryZIM1:00.13 (4 h3)1:00.26 (6 h2)
12Dominique BouchardCAN1:00.18 (4 h5)1:00.54 (6 h1)
13Matea SamardžićCRO1:00.46 (5 h4)1:00.60 (7 h2)
14Eygló Ósk GústafsdóttirISL1:00.89 (5 h3)1:00.65 (7 h1)
15Duane Da RochaESP1:00.87 (7 h4)1:00.85 (8 h2)
16Wang XueerCHN1:00.59 (6 h4)1:01.44 (8 h1)
17Simona BaumrtováCZE1:01.08 (6 h3)
18Kira ToussaintNED1:01.17 (5 h5)
19Claudia LauHKG1:01.27 (1 h2)
20Yekaterina RudenkoKAZ1:01.28 (6 h5)
21Alicja TchórzPOL1:01.31 (2 h2)
22Katarína ListopadováSVK1:01.43 (8 h4)
23Darya UstinovaRUS1:01.45 (7 h3)
24Mimosa JallowFIN1:01.58 (8 h3)
25Etiene MedeirosBRA1:01.70 (7 h5)
26Natsumi SakaiJPN1:01.74 (8 h5)
27Alexus LairdSEY1:03.33 (3 h2)
28Kimiko RaheemSRI1:04.21 (4 h2)
29Lara ButlerCAY1:04.98 (5 h2)
30Caylee WatsonISV1:07.19 (6 h2)
31Gaurika SinghNEP1:08.45 (1 h1)
32Evelina AfoaSAM1:08.74 (2 h1)
33Talisa LanoeKEN1:10.02 (7 h2)
34Rita ZeqiriKOS1:12.31 (3 h1)

Round One (7 August 2016 — 13:02)

Fastest 16 swimmers advanced to semi-finals

Heat One (13:02)

14Gaurika SinghNEP1:08.450.65
25Evelina AfoaSAM1:08.740.72
33Rita ZeqiriKOS1:12.310.72

Heat Two (13:05)

15Claudia LauHKG1:01.270.60
24Alicja TchórzPOL1:01.310.63
33Alexus LairdSEY1:03.330.59
42Kimiko RaheemSRI1:04.210.64
56Lara ButlerCAY1:04.980.67
61Caylee WatsonISV1:07.190.54
77Talisa LanoeKEN1:10.020.69

Heat Three (13:08)

15Olivia SmoligaUSA59.600.75Q
24Madi WilsonAUS59.920.64Q
33Anastasiya FesikovaRUS1:00.040.78Q
42Kirsty CoventryZIM1:00.130.68Q
57Eygló Ósk GústafsdóttirISL1:00.890.65Q
68Simona BaumrtováCZE1:01.080.68
76Darya UstinovaRUS1:01.450.66
81Mimosa JallowFIN1:01.580.68

Heat Four (13:11)

13Kathleen BakerUSA58.840.61Q
24Mie Ø. NielsenDEN59.130.66Q
36Georgia DaviesGBR59.860.62Q
45Fu YuanhuiCHN1:00.020.71Q
58Matea SamardžićCRO1:00.460.79Q
62Wang XueerCHN1:00.590.66Q
71Duane Da RochaESP1:00.870.75Q
87Katarína ListopadováSVK1:01.430.65

Heat Five (13:14)

14Emily SeebohmAUS58.990.69Q
23Kylie MasseCAN59.070.63Q
35Katinka HosszúHUN59.130.58Q
42Dominique BouchardCAN1:00.180.63Q
51Kira ToussaintNED1:01.170.58
68Yekaterina RudenkoKAZ1:01.280.77
76Etiene MedeirosBRA1:01.700.62
87Natsumi SakaiJPN1:01.740.59

Semi-Finals (7 August 2016 — 23:36)

Fastest eight swimmers advanced to final

Heat One (23:36)

16Madi WilsonAUS59.030.58Q
25Mie Ø. NielsenDEN59.180.67Q
34Emily SeebohmAUS59.320.71Q
43Olivia SmoligaUSA59.350.69Q
52Anastasiya FesikovaRUS59.680.70
67Dominique BouchardCAN1:00.540.66
78Eygló Ósk GústafsdóttirISL1:00.650.77
81Wang XueerCHN1:01.440.67

Heat Two (23:44)

14Kathleen BakerUSA58.840.63Q
23Katinka HosszúHUN58.940.59Q
32Fu YuanhuiCHN58.950.58Q
45Kylie MasseCAN59.060.64Q
56Georgia DaviesGBR59.850.61
67Kirsty CoventryZIM1:00.260.64
71Matea SamardžićCRO1:00.600.76
88Duane Da RochaESP1:00.850.65

Final (8 August 2016 — 22:30)

15Katinka HosszúHUN58.450.70
24Kathleen BakerUSA58.750.62
=32Kylie MasseCAN58.760.56
=33Fu YuanhuiCHN58.760.69
57Mie Ø. NielsenDEN58.800.64
68Olivia SmoligaUSA58.950.83
71Emily SeebohmAUS59.190.74
86Madi WilsonAUS59.230.58