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Sports Kylie Masse wins gold, sets new Commonwealth backstroke record

15:27  07 april  2018
15:27  07 april  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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Canada’s Kylie Masse took gold in the women’s 100-metre backstroke at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday night. Taylor Ruck sets record , wins Canada's first gold of Commonwealth Games.

In the final she again set the record , just out-touching Emily Seebohm for the gold medal. After seeing she had won the event she told reports how she felt about the win and coming in to the event as the favoruite ^ " Kylie Masse maintains domination of backstroke with gold at Commonwealth Games".

a person wearing a blue shirt: Canada's Kylie Masse held off two-time defending champ Emily Seebohm to win gold in the women's 100-metre backstroke at the Commonwealth Games.© Rick Rycroft/Associated Press Canada's Kylie Masse held off two-time defending champ Emily Seebohm to win gold in the women's 100-metre backstroke at the Commonwealth Games.

GOLD COAST, Australia — They may be known as the 'Friendly Games', but that doesn't mean there's no room for a friendly rivalry.

Canada's Kylie Masse took gold in the women's 100-metre backstroke at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday night in the Gold Coast, fending off strong competition from host-country favourite and two-time defending Games champion Emily Seebohm.

It marked the third time Masse lowered the Games record, which now stands at 58.63 seconds, in just two days. That record, like the 100m title, also used to belong to Seebohm.

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World record -holder Kylie Masse of Canada set a new Commonwealth Games mark in the 100-metre backstroke during Friday's heats, then lowered it in the semifinals Masse (pronounced Moss) holds the world record at 58.10, set at the 2017 FINA world championships in Budapest when she won gold .

Canada’s Kylie Masse took gold in the women’s 100-metre backstroke at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday night. It marked the third time Masse lowered the Games record in the Gold Coast.

Fellow Canadian Taylor Ruck took bronze in 58.97, marking her second medal of the evening after a silver in the 50m freestyle, and fourth medal overall in the Gold Coast.

Just three-hundredths of a second separated Masse from Seebohm.

"I knew Emily was going to be there with me the whole way, and I knew it was going to come down to the finish, " Masse says. "I just tried to focus in and hammer those last few strokes and try and get my hand on the wall first, I was happy I was able to do that."

More showdowns to come

Round 1 may have gone to Masse, but the 100m final is only the first of what's shaping up to be a thrilling contest between the two swimmers here on Australia's east coast.

"[Seebohm] is an incredible swimmer," Masse says. "A great role model to me in backstroke and I really look forward to racing her for the rest of the meet."

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Kylie Masse can't stop breaking records at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The 22-year-old Canadian won gold in the 100m backstroke Saturday morning and set a new Games record in the process.

Masse, the 22-year-old phenom from LaSalle, Ont., set the world record in the 100m distance at the world championships in Budapest last summer, and first took the Commonwealth record from Seebohm in dramatic fashion during preliminary action on Friday.

Minutes after the Australian lowered her own record to 58.91 in her heat, Masse won her morning heat in 58.70 seconds. The Canadian later lowered that record by swimming to a 58.66 time in the semifinals, before lowering it again in her golden swim.

"I didn't really expect [the Commonwealth Games record] to last long with Kylie right behind me [in the heats]," Seebohm said.

Seebohm, 25, says Masse is the gold standard — for now.

"[Masse] holds the world record so she's always going to be the one to beat until that's gone."

Road to the next Olympics

The Canadian says she's just getting used to being the hunted, and says she's trying to concentrate on her own form, not her opponents.

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Canada's Kylie Masse won her second gold in as many nights and teenager Taylor Ruck added a silver Sunday to up her total to six in the Commonwealth Games pool. Masse , who won the 100-metre backstroke on Saturday, set a Games record Sunday in taking the 200 backstroke in two minutes

"Coming into a big meet with a target on your back is something that is relatively new to me," Masse says. "I kind of just focus on my own stroke and what I can control... not worry about outside pressures."

Masse and Seebohm will see plenty of one another here at the Gold Coast Aquatics Centre — they'll contest the 200m backstroke on Sunday and will be in the same heat of the 50m on Monday.

That's not to say Masse isn't taking time to enjoy every else the Games, and the Gold Coast, have to offer.

The rivalry will shift to a team environment on the final day of swim competition on Tuesday, with Masse and Seebohm expected to handle the backstroke duties for their respective countries in the women's 4x100 medley relay.

All of these showdowns with Seebohm will be important for Masse as she tries to round into form for the 2020 Olympics, where she's being counted on to help lead the Canadian charge in the pool.

"Every international meet is a stepping stone leading into 2020," she says. "I'm trying to take something from [the Commonwealth Games] and take those little details in my race that I need to work on and catch up on and just get back in training."

Masse returns to action on Sunday for the 200m backstroke heats, which culminate with the gold-medal final that evening.

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