Kylie Masse of Windsor, Ontario has won Canada’s 12th medal of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo on Saturday in Japan (Friday evening in Canada). In the women’s 200 metre backstroke, Masse posted a second place time of 2:05.42.
Masse reached the podium by 0.97 seconds over Rhyan White of the United States. White had a time of 2:06.39. Kaylee McKeown of Australia won the gold medal with a time of 2:04.68. Emily Seebohm of Australia won the bronze medal with a time of 2:06.17.
This was Masse’s second medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021. She previously won the silver medal in the women’s 100 metre backstroke at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021 on July 27. Masse now has three Olympic medals in her career. The other medal came at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, when she won a bronze medal in the women’s 100 metre backstroke.
In the women’s 200 metre backstroke at the Tokyo Olympics, Masse had a flawless first 150 metres, but she seemed to lack some energy for the final 40 metres, and was subsequently passed by McKeown. There is no doubt that Masse has made progress in the women’s 200 metre backstroke over the last two years. At the 2019 World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, Masse won the bronze medal.
Team Canada now has won three gold medals, four silver medals, and five bronze medals for 12 medals overall. The Canadians are currently 12th in the overall medal standings.