women’s 100 backstroke, won the bronze medal Tuesday morning at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre
Current world-record holder Kaylee McKeown of Australia won gold in 57.47 seconds followed by Canadian Kylie Masse in 57.72. McKeown’s time was an Olympic record.
Smith was third in 58.05.
Regan Smith, 19, one of 11 teenagers on the U.S. Olympic swimming team, the most since 1996, set the Olympic record in qualifying Monday in 57.86 seconds. She was the third swimmer to do it here, following Masse and McKeown. They are the only three swimmers in history to break 58 seconds.
McKeown’s world record, set at the Australian Olympic trials last month, is 57.45 seconds.