Only Australian Kylie McKean, the world record holder with a time of 57s 47/100, was able to beat her in a highly competitive final.
At the first half point, the 25-year-old Torontonian increased his pace in the last 50 meters to steal the victory. The Canadian representative clocked 57.72 seconds, ahead of the bronze medalist, American Reagan Smith (58.05).
I feel really good!, Said Kylie Massey, who was breathless a few minutes after her performance.
This is the largest forum in the sport. Every four years the Olympics are still our main goal. Being on the podium here is really special.
At the event at the Rio Olympics, Massey, the world champion in double track, won bronze in the 100-meter backstroke. Five years later, Antarion was once again able to reap the rewards of her efforts.
I try to be as consistent as possible, with training, doing everything I can outside of the water to optimize my performance with water. Consistency is always something I focus on, Concluded Massey.
She will take action again on Thursday for qualifying for the 200m backstroke.
Penny Olexiak and Sidney Pikram are going to the final
Earlier today, Penny Olexiak secured her pass to the 200 freestyle final after finishing 4th in her semi-final. The five-time Olympic medalist covered the distance in 1: 56.39, placing her 6th in the session.
There will definitely be more pain than yesterday. I really need to relax and prepare for the finals, Said the Toronto swimmer as she continues to introduce herself with a tough Olympic schedule.
Yes, it’s different, but as Canadians, we’m well accustomed. Going to sleep from the surge of emotions makes it demanding. But trying to find balance is fun.
In the 200 freestyle semifinals, Summer McIntosh failed to qualify for the final race. The 14-year-old finished 1: 56.82, 0.24 seconds ahead of Australian Madison Wilson, 8th and final swimmer.
I was thinking about the wall I had to hit to qualify for the finals. I worked hard, McIntosh said she was disappointed she finished 9th.
The result was very different for her native Sydney Pickrem in the 200m individual medley. She finished 6th overall in the Nova Scotian semi-finals, with a time of 2: 09.94, and will be in the final on Wednesday.