World record: Canada's Kylie Masse wins gold at swimming world championships (VIDEO)

Jul 25 2017, 6:02 pm

Kylie Masse is on top of the world.

The 21-year-old Canadian Olympic swimmer has set a new standard, winning the 100-metre backstroke final at the FINA World Championships on Tuesday in record time.

Masse – who was part of the Canadian Olympic medal haul in swimming last year – won bronze in this event in Rio. She took home the gold medal in Budapest with a world record time of 58.10.

The Lasalle, Ontario native is the first Canadian world record holder since Annamay Pierse in 2009, and the first in this event since Wendy Cook in 1974. Masse has also made history by becoming the first-ever Canadian woman to win a world championship in swimming.

Masse edged Kathleen Baker of the United States (58.58) and Australia’s Emily Seebohm (58.59), who took home silver and bronze respectively. Defending Olympic champion and Hungarian hometown favourite Katinka Hosszu, withdrew after finishing second to Masse in the heats.

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